Poll: Americans Prefer 'Path To Citizenship' Over Wall

| by Nik Bonopartis
A section of the U.S.-Mexico border.A section of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Most Americans would rather see the government devise a "path to citizenship" for immigrants in the U.S. illegally rather than the border wall proposed by Republican nominee Donald Trump.

This comes from a Gallup poll released July 10, which found that 84 percent of respondents preferred a legislative way of dealing with the immigration issue. Even Republicans favor the "path to citizenship" option, according to Gallup, with 74 percent saying they'd support that option, while 62 percent said they'd also support Trump's plan for a border wall.

The survey did not find that Americans favor mass amnesty, rather that they "favor a path to citizenship for immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who meet certain requirements over a period of time." Those requirements weren't specified, but Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has proposed a similar approach based on integrating immigrants who reside in the U.S. illegally.

The poll's results suggested that Trump's stance on immigration issues -- which presumably have been part of his appeal to conservatives -- isn't as helpful to his campaign as some observers have claimed.

In previous campaign stump speeches, reports Roll Call, Trump has described his plan to build "a big, beautiful wall" along the porous U.S. border with Mexico, which is traversed by individual immigrants as well as human traffickers who demand fees to smuggle people from Mexico and other Latin American countries into the U.S.

Sources: Gallup, Roll Call / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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