Poll: Most want ‘Dreamers’ to have a path to citizenship

Poll: Most want ‘Dreamers’ to have a path to citizenship
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A majority of voters in a new survey thinks recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program should have a path to citizenship.

A new Politico-Morning Consult poll finds 54 percent of voters surveyed think Congress should pass legislation that lets DACA recipients stay in the country and become citizens if they meet specific requirements.

Another 19 percent say they think DACA recipients should be allowed to stay in the country and become legal residents.


Just 12 percent of respondents support Congress passing legislation that would remove or deport so-called Dreamers.

More than two-thirds, 68 percent, of self-identified President Trump voters think Congress should pass legislation that lets DACA recipients stay in the U.S, according to the survey.

The poll also finds just 35 percent of respondents support the Trump administration's decision to end the DACA program, compared to 45 percent who think it was the wrong decision.

The poll of 1,976 registered voters was conducted from Sept. 7 to Sept. 11. It has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

The Trump administration announced last week it was ending the Obama-era program, which allowed young people brought to the country illegally as minors to live here free from the fear of deportation and to apply for work permits.

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAppeals court rules House chaplain can reject secular prayers FEC filing: No individuals donated to indicted GOP rep this cycle The Hill's Morning Report - Waiting on Mueller: Answers come on Thursday MORE (R-Wis.) is expected to meet Wednesday with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democrats to talk about potential legislative replacements for DACA.

Last week, Pelosi said Trump agreed to sign into law a measure shielding young undocumented immigrants from deportation if it's passed by lawmakers.

"We made it very clear in the course of the conversation that the priority was to pass the DREAM Act, that we wanted to do it in — obviously it has to be bipartisan," Pelosi told reporters. "The president said he would — he supports that. He would sign it."

This report was updated at 10:06 a.m.