New poll shows 90 percent of Americans favor immigration reform over deportation

If a series of polls conducted jointly over the phone by CNN and market-research from ORC International are to be believed, more Americans have come around to feeling less certain that rounding up immigrants for deportation and/or putting up a multi-billion dollar wall between us and Mexico is the best use of time and resources.

Between March 1 to 4, CNN/ORC spoke with more than 1,000 U.S. residents in regards to all things immigration, from how the government should prioritize its handling of illegal immigrants to anxieties over deportation efforts. Across the board, results indicated that (compared to previous polls commissioned between September 2015 and 2016) people are increasingly in favor of creating paths to legal citizenship. They’re also opposed to sweeping deportations of even law-abiding immigrants to their country of origin.

Specifically, 60 percent of those questioned said they’d support a plan to for those in the U.S. illegally who have jobs to gain legal residency, compared to just 46 percent affirmative in September 2015 and 51 percent in 2016. When asked for the first time which aspect of the Trump administration’s effected policies is more concerning, 58 percent answered that current deportation tactics might ensnare those who haven’t committed serious crimes, compared to 40 percent who felt the efforts don’t go far enough.

The one statistic that hardly wavered was percentage of respondents who advocated for deporting illegal immigrants who’ve committed crimes in the U.S. That number, which was at 83 percent last September, dipped slightly to 78 percent, although it’s worth noting that the question was not worded to account for the severity of the crime.

The bottom line is that Americans on the whole appear tolerant, inclusive, and hopeful about the future of an integrated country and robust workforce. There are also plenty of people unsure of who, exactly, is a threat to their personal safety, which is where it’s up to the leader of our nation to demonstrate more nuance when characterizing minority populations, let alone determining the degree to which they can feel secure.

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