Poll: 86 percent support Dreamers staying in the country

Poll: 86 percent support Dreamers staying in the country
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A majority of Americans in a new survey are in support of letting recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program stay in the country.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll finds 86 percent of respondents are in favor of allowing DACA recipients who are eligible for renewable two-year work permits to stay in the country.

Sixty-nine percent of Americans "strongly" support the DACA program, according to the poll.

A majority of Americans, 65 percent, also supports a law that would let DACA recipients stay in the country and raise border security funding.


The poll was conducted from Sept. 18 to 21 among 1,002 adults. The margin of error is 3.5 percentage points.

The Trump administration announced earlier this month it was phasing out the DACA program.

Trump expressed hope that Congress could find a legislative solution to the issue.

A recent Harvard-Harris survey similarly found support for letting DACA recipients stay in the country. That survey found about two-thirds of Republicans support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants protected under DACA.

That survey also found that 77 percent of all voters favor work permits and a path to citizenship for DACA recipients.