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48% Think Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants Will Encourage More to Come

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress last week that the U.S.-Mexico border is more secure than ever and that immigration reform legislation should focus its attention elsewhere. But most voters think more border security is needed, and half believe offering citizenship to illegal immigrants already here will just encourage more to come.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 25% of Likely U.S. Voters agree with Napolitano that the U.S. border is now more secure than it has ever been. Forty-seven percent (47%) disagree with her assessment, while 28% more are not sure.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 18-19 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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