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Poll: Overwhelming majority wants Congress to reach a deal on Dreamers

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Roughly two-thirds of Americans believe it’s very important for Congress to reach a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a poll released Monday found.

A Monmouth University poll showed 66 percent of Americans believe it’s very important to address the status of “Dreamers,” as DACA recipients are commonly called. Both Democrats and Republicans largely agree on the importance of the issue.

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According to the poll, Americans are split on the Trump administration’s immigration proposal, however, which would grant a pathway to citizenship for nearly 2 million young immigrants.

President Trump’s plan would also include tens of billions of dollars in funding for border security and a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as limits on legal immigration. 

While over 70 percent of Americans support allowing Dreamers to automatically become citizens if they don’t have a criminal record, 31 percent support the Trump immigration plan, 33 percent oppose it and 36 percent are unsure, the poll found.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle opposed the Trump administration’s proposal. 

Congress is in the midst of immigration negotiations to provide a long-term solution for DACA. Trump announced last September he would move to end the program, which protects from deportation certain immigrants who were brought into the U.S. illegally as children.

Trump has in recent weeks cast the blame on Democrats for the lack of a deal, saying they haven’t been calling him or taking action on the issue.

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