Americans Walk Soft Line on Immigration

Poll shows support for guest-worker programs, path to citizenship
By J. Kelman,  Newser User
Posted May 25, 2007 12:52 PM CDT
be, as they pressure lawmakers to create a path to citizenship for the nation's estimated 12 million illegal immigrants. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Lou Dobbs, take note: A majority of Americans back key immigration reform proposals  making their way through Congress, a new CBS News/New York Times poll finds. Americans across the political spectrum say they support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, and two-thirds back a guest-worker program.

Their representatives are less sure. The Senate this week halved the number of guest workers covered by the program but defeated a challenge to provisions that give illegal immigrants a chance at legal status. One measure with consistent support is a more secure border: Tougher controls, which are expected to fly through Congress, have the backing of 82% of Americans.