Pew survey: Most Americans say immigrants should stay

April 1, 2013 -  By

3-28-13 #1A new survey from the Pew Research Center finds that seven-in-ten Americans (71 percent) say there should be a way for illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. if they meet certain requirements, while 27 percent say they should not be allowed to stay legally. There are approximately 11 million illegal immigrants in the country.

President Obama recently said he’s confident an immigration reform bill would pass by the end of the summer if a draft of the bill is released in early April.
Most who favor providing illegal immigrants with some form of legal status – 43 percent of the public – say they should be allowed to apply for citizenship, but 24 percent of the public says they should only be allowed to apply for legal residency.

The national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted March 13-17 among 1,501 adults, finds that overall attitudes about immigrants in the United States are more positive than negative, despite the nation’s struggling economy. –Marisa Palmieri


Marisa Palmieri

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Marisa Palmieri is an experienced Green Industry editor who's won numerous awards for her coverage of the landscape and golf course markets from the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA), the Press Club of Cleveland and the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). In 2007, ASBPE named her a Young Leader. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, cum laude, from Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism.

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  1. Just my opinion, that will be a good news for the non-citizen residents and soon to be immigrants. Be reminded that USA is a nation of immigrants where almost of its citizens came recently and have ancestors from different countries. Immigrants built this powerful country that we know today.