Why immigration is a political landmine for the GOP

Rick Moran
Changing sentiment toward illegal aliens is making GOP opposition to immigration reform even more difficult politically. It isn't just Hispanics who care about immigration reform. Most Americans want to see some kind of reform also. A new CBS poll sheds some light on the dilemma for Republicans. Politico: Fifty-one percent think illegal immigrants should be able to remain in the country and apply for citizenship, while an additional 20 percent think they should stay as guest workers. Twenty-four percent say they should have to leave the country, according to a CBS News poll released Monday night. The latest survey shows an eight percentage point shift from the 43 percent of Americans who thought illegal immigrants should be able to stay and apply for citizenship in March 2010; 21 percent thought they should stay as guest workers while 32 percent thought they should have to leave at that time. But along party lines, the response today is widely partisan. Only 35 percent of...(Read Full Post)

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