An online survey showed that more than half of Americans support the tightening of immigration laws on undocumented aliens. Around 11 million foreigners are undocumented in the US. Out of the 1,443 Americans surveyed, 30% believed that most illegal aliens should be deported while 23% said that all those undocumented should be sent back to their countries.
Ipsos pollster Julia Clark said that the political climate, and not the Americans' views, that places the immigration issue under the spotlight. "Democrats feel that the time is right to capitalize on their wins and Republicans feel that they had a bad blow and are eager to reach out to Hispanics," Ms. Clark said. Since an immigration reform proposal was shot down in Congress in 2007, the debate has intensified. The Hispanic vote largely contributed to Democratic President Barack Obama's re-election.
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