Majority of Americans Say Immigration Policy Needs Overhaul

May 22, 2013

Read the full report.Americans strongly believe that the nation’s immigration system is due for an overhaul, but that widely-held view is not matched by consensus on how to deal with illegal and legal immigration. Three-quarters  (75%) say they think the system needs at least “major changes,” including 35% who say it needs “to be completely rebuilt,” according to a Pew Research survey in May.

An immigration reform bill that would mark the biggest changes to the nation’s immigration system in decades passed a key hurdle on Tuesday when the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to send the measure to the full chamber.  The bill would create a path to citizenship for the nation’s estimated 11.1 million undocumented immigrants and expand the number of high-tech visas available to foreigners. It also includes measures to improve border security. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill in June.

Read the full report on the Pew Research Center's website.
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