A burden for some, a strength for others but they all support legalizing undocumented immigrants
72 percent of people in the United States say undocumented immigrants currently living in the the country should be allowed to stay here legally if certain requirements are met, according to a survey published Thursday by Pew Research Center which revealed the following:
- 42 percent say undocumented immigrants should be able to apply for U.S. citizenship, while 26 percent say they should only be able to apply for permanent residency.
- Half (51 percent) say immigrants today strengthen the country, while 41 percent say immigrants are a burden.
- Among republicans, more than half (56 percent) support a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants. However, far more republicans say immigrants are a burden (63 percent) while only 27 percent say they strengthen the country.
- Among democrats and independents — majorities of whom also support a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants — 62 percent of democrats and 57 percent of independents say immigrants strengthen the country.
- 86 percent of Latinos say there should be a way for undocumented immigrants to remain in the country legally, compared to 72 percent of Blacks and 69 percent of Whites.