Majority of Americans back WH path to citizenship for illegal immigrants
Majority of Americans have agree with the White House's second-term plan to focus on comprehensive immigration reform that allows illegal immigrants to have a pathway to citizenship to stay in the country, according to a new poll.
The CNN Poll found that 53 percent of Americans want the federal government to focus on developing a plan to allow illegal immigrants to become legal residents.
The poll found that 43 percent Americans want the federal government to focus on deporting them.
According to Politico, that's a dramatic reversal from two years ago, when 55 percent of Americans wanted the focus on deportation. Then, only 42 percent wanted a way for immigrants to stay here permanently.
Obama has pledged to pursue a major immigration overhaul in the first year of his second term, which began on Monday.
The bill would likely include a pathway to legal citizenship for illegal immigrants, increased border enforcement and a plan to allow more high-tech workers into the country, the report added.