Poll: 76 percent of voters say ‘Dreamers’ should be allowed to stay
More than three-quarters of Americans surveyed think that beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program should be allowed to stay in the United States, according to a Morning Consult/Politico poll.
Seventy-six percent of respondents said the government should allow immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children to remain. 58 percent of that 76 percent believe they should be able to become citizens if they meet certain requirements, while 18 percent said they should be allowed to become legal residents.
Only 15 percent of respondents said such immigrants — commonly called “Dreamers” — should be deported, the poll found.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the Trump administration would end DACA, which provided temporary protection from deportation for immigrants who arrived in the U.S. illegally as children.
The Trump administration said the program would end in six months, a delay designed to give lawmakers time to act on the matter.
The Morning Consult/Politico poll found that, while support for allowing DACA recipients to remain in the U.S. was highest among Democrats at 84 percent, 69 percent of Republicans surveyed also favor such a policy.
President Trump had faced questions over the future of DACA since he took office in January. In the week before the administration’s announcement on the program, several high-profile Republican lawmakers said the president should not move to end it, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).
After announcing on Tuesday he would end the program, Trump called on lawmakers to resolve DACA legislatively.
The Morning Consult/Politico poll was conducted from Aug. 31 through Sept. 3 and surveyed 1,993 registered voters nationwide. Its margin of error is plus or minus two percentage points.