Three in four Americans think immigration is good for the economy, according to a new poll. But as the Senate works toward a compromise on immigration reform, border security has proven to be a divisive issue among legislators. Though there is still broad support for immigration reform, Americans are also divided on the role of the contentious issue.
According to a new study by the Pew Research Center and USA Today, an estimated 43 percent of Americans say that undocumented immigrants should only be allowed to seek legal status after the border is secured. But almost half – 49 percent – agree with the Senate Gang of Eight: undocumented immigrants should be able to pursue a path to citizenship while there is a a process of controlling the border.
The dividing lines among the public are partisan in nature. Approximately 60 percent of Democrats fell into the latter category, saying securing the border and implementing a path to citizenship can happen at the same time. On the other hand 56 percent of Republicans said border security comes first.