53% of US Wants Illegal Immigrants Deported

Senators mull 'biometric' ID requirement for fed workers

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 21, 2013 8:30 AM CST

(Newser) – Some 53% of American citizens broadly support deportation for illegal immigrants, a Reuters/Ipsos poll finds, with 30% saying most should be deported and 23% saying all should be sent away. Meanwhile, 31% of citizens say the US should let most illegal immigrants stay, and just 5% say all illegal immigrants should be allowed to remain, Reuters reports. The figures mirror similar polls in the past, despite talk of immigration reform in Washington. Still, most Americans back immigration reform, polls have revealed.

"It's not Americans' views that are shifting. It is that the political climate is ripe for this discussion" following the election, says a pollster. Meanwhile, senators working on an immigration bill are floating the idea of a "biometric" ID card for federal workers, containing personal information like a fingerprint. All workers in the US, regardless of their citizenship, would have to carry one, the Wall Street Journal reports. But privacy groups are already up in arms about the notion—which hasn't yet made it past the idea stage.

Illegal immigrants and immigration activists watch President Obama speaking about immigration reform, Jan. 29, 2013.
Illegal immigrants and immigration activists watch President Obama speaking about immigration reform, Jan. 29, 2013.   (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
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