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63% Put Border Control Ahead Of Legalizing Illegal Immigrants

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Most voters continue to believe as they have for years that immigration legislation should focus on border control.  They also remain supportive of a welcoming immigration policy with a few key restrictions.  

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 63% of Likely U.S. Voters say when it comes to immigration legislation, gaining control of the border is more important than legalizing the status of undocumented workers already living in this country.  Thirty-two percent (32%) feel legalizing the status of these illegal aliens is more important.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

These findings are consistent with surveys back to July 2006.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters favor a welcoming immigration policy designed to keep out only national security threats, criminals and those who come here to live off America's welfare system. Twenty-seven percent (27%) disagree with this kind of immigration policy, while 16% are undecided.  These findings also have shown little change in surveys dating back to 2006.

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