A significant majority of registered voters do not want recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to be deported from the U.S. President Donald Trump has rescinded his predecessor's executive order that granted protections for DACA recipients, also known as Dreamers.
A Politico/Morning Consult survey released Sept. 5 found that 76 percent of voters wanted the Trump administration to allow Dreamers to stay. More specifically, 58 percent of respondents wanted Dreamers to be offered a path to citizenship, while 18 percent believed that they should be offered legal resident status but not citizenship, Politico reports.
Fifteen percent of voters wanted Dreamers to be deported.
"Given the deeply polarizing nature of immigration issues, the broad support for allowing Dreamers to stay in the United States is notable," said Kyle Dropp, chief research officer of Morning Consult.
There was a bipartisan consensus on the issue, with 84 percent of Democratic voters saying that Dreamers should be allowed to stay while 74 percent of independent voters and 69 percent of Republican voters agreed. Meanwhile, only 24 percent of Republican voters, 12 percent of independent voters and 8 percent of Democratic voters wanted DACA recipients to be deported.
Support for the program remained high even among those voters who strongly approved of Trump's job performance; 60 percent said they wanted Dreamers to remain in the U.S. while 33 percent wanted them removed.
On Sept. 5, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that Trump would end the DACA by rescinding an executive order signed by former President Barack Obama in 2012. The program would be phased out until effectively ending in March 2018.
"This will enable [Department of Homeland Security] to conduct an orderly change and fulfill the desire of this administration to create a time period for Congress to act -- should it so choose," Sessions said, according to The Hill. "We firmly believe this is the responsible path."
Trump later released a statement asserting: "There can be no path to principled immigration reform if the executive branch is able to rewrite or nullify federal laws at will ... Congress now has the opportunity to advance responsible immigration reform that puts American jobs and American security first."
Implemented in 2012, DACA allowed for undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. after June 2007 and before they turned 16 years old to apply for a temporary working permit to find lawful employment. The program also granted Dreamers the opportunity to obtain a driver's license and enroll in college, in addition to shielding them from deportation, according to CNN.
DACA applicants had to turn over their information to the federal government, undergo a background check and pay a fine in order to receive protections. Dreamers' DACA status would be canceled if they were convicted of a crime or found to be engaging in gang activity. Many Dreamers entered the U.S. at a very young age and are unfamiliar with their origin country.
As of March 31, nearly 790,000 people had received DACA status since the program began.