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New Immigration Policy for DREAMers: Favored by a 2 to 1 Margin

June 19, 2012

Bloomberg commissioned a poll conducted June 15th – 18th to gauge reaction to the Administration’s policy of granting deferred action status to individuals who came to the U.S. before age 16 and meet the policy criteria.

The Administration’s action was favored by 64% of likely voters, with 30% disagreeing with the new policy.

Obama, who has long backed legislation offering young immigrants a pathway to citizenship, announced an executive order forbidding the federal government from initiating the deportation of illegal immigrants under the age of 30 who came to the U.S. before age 16; have lived in the country for at least five years; have no criminal records; and are in school, high school graduates, or military veterans.

The decision left Republicans struggling to respond, trapped between alienating their political base and sending a negative signal to the Hispanic community and independent voters. A majority — 56 percent — of likely Republican voters opposed the decision, while almost nine in 10, or 86 percent, of Democrats supported it. Sixty-six percent of independents backed the policy change, while 26 percent disagreed.

 

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