According to a newly conducted poll by Reuters/Ipsos, the majority of American citizens believe that all or most illegal immigrants should be deported.
The survey, conducted online, is suggestive of the fact that despite the huge push by President Barack Obama's administration to ease in immigration reforms, there is still a lot of resistance from those who already have citizenship.
Thirty percent of those who were polled think that with some exceptions, the rest of the illegal immigrants should be deported; while 23% say that all of the illegal immigrants should be sent back to their countries of origin. Just 5% believe that illegal immigrants should be provided a legal path to eventual citizenship, while 31% say that with some exceptions, most of the illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the country.
According to Ipsos pollster Julia Clark, the results are similar to previous surveys conducted in the past few months since Obama pledged during his re-election campaign last year to shape new reforms for the Hispanics .
Clark said: "It's not Americans' views that are shifting. It is that the political climate is ripe for this discussion," after the November election when Hispanics voted overwhelmingly in favor of Obama.
"Democrats feel that the time is right to capitalize on their wins and Republicans feel that they had a bad blow and are eager to reach out to Hispanics," she added.
The bipartisan negotiations between the ‘Group of Eight Senators’ is the first major attempt by the government to talk about new reforms. Still, what exactly the reforms should comprise of has a different meaning for everyone, with some wanting illegal immigrants to be allowed citizenship while others are seeking greater border security to stop more people illegally entering the country.
A major challenge for the administration remains dealing with those immigrants who have passed the borders illegally but have married to US citizens and whose children also possess US nationality.
The poll also shows the views of both parties on the issue -- 75% of the Republicans favor deporting all or most of the immigrants, while 40% of the Democrats think the same.
The group of eight senator’s proposal seeks to shape the reforms in such a way that the illegal immigrants will be provided a full path to citizenship, given that they pay their taxes, a fine and stand in the queue behind those who have already applied to become US citizens in a legal manner.