A new poll released by Harvard-Harris shows that immigration is still a top issue across the nation, and that Americans are ready to make a deal.
When asked if DACA recipients should be given a pathway to citizenship, 77% of responses said they should. 79% of responses believed that America should move towards a merit-based immigration system, and 79% of responses felt that annual immigration levels should be reduced. What’s more, is 69% of Democrats polled agreed.
Here’s where the deal comes in: when asked if they would favor or oppose “a congressional deal that gives undocumented immigrants brought here by their parents work permits and a path to citizenship in exchange for increasing merit preference over preference for relatives, eliminating the diversity visa lottery, and funding barrier security on the U.S.-Mexico border” 65% of those polled approved. This includes 68% of those who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, and over 60% of republicans, democrats, and independents polled
Americans on both sides of the political spectrum want to see a deal that helps DACA recipients, but also want to see substantial immigration reform. If we can get both parties to stop stonewalling, we can find a solution that everyone can be happy with.