Politics

Americans Divided On Immigrant Deportations

| by Allison Geller

The public is split down the middle over the deportation of undocumented immigrants, according to a new Pew Research poll. The majority supports creating a path to citizenship. 

According to the survey of 1,821 adults, 45 percent of Americans think that the increase in deportations is a “good thing,” and an equal 45 percent views it as a “bad thing.” Nine percent “don’t know.”

The Department of Homeland security reported that the Obama administration deported 419,384 immigrants in the 2012 fiscal year — more than any previous administration. Between 2009 and 2012, the Obama administration deported almost 1.6 million immigrants.

Opinion continues to be divided along partisan lines, as well as between Hispanics and whites. 60 percent of Hispanics see the increased deportations negatively.

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The Pew survey found little change in opinion about the importance of reforming immigration legislation. About half saw passing new legislation as “extremely or very important,” and 26 percent saw it as “somewhat important.”

According to data collected by the Transaction Records Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, nearly half of all immigrants coming before a judge for an immigration hearing are now winning their deportation cases

Sources: Pew Research, Associated Press