Iowans back path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants


The Des Moines register reports that according to the latest poll taken on their website - Iowans overwhelmingly support citizenship for undocumented immigrants - and not just the dreamers.

Sixty-five percent of respondents call a pathway to citizenship for all undocumented immigrant workers in the country a "worthy goal".

The consensus is even higher when it comes to "Dreamers" - children brought to America illegally by their parents - who are protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy (DACA) . Eighty-one percent of Iowans say eventually extending citizenship to "Dreamers" is a worthy goal.

The poll, conducted by Selzer and Co. of Des Moines, questioned 801 Iowa adults Jan. 28-31 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

The results come as Congress and President Donald Trump scramble to work out a deal granting legal status to Dreamers. They must do so before a March 5 deadline imposed by Trump’s move last year ending the DACA program, which was instituted by President Barack Obama and protected those young people for several years.

Support for legal status up to and including citizenship for DACA recipients is broad and deep in Iowa, regardless of the state’s typical political and cultural divides.

Ninety-three percent of Democrats, 80 percent of independents and 74 percent of Republicans believe citizenship is a worthwhile objective for DACA recipients. So do 86 percent of city dwellers and 73 percent of rural residents. Likewise do 83 percent of Iowans under age 35 and 84 percent of Iowans over 65.

Iowans’ consensus on the question of status for DACA recipients exceeds national public opinion. A poll conducted last month by the Pew Research Center showed 74 percent of U.S. adults back permanent legal status — not necessarily citizenship — for immigrants who entered the country illegally as children.

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