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Poll: Florida voters favor Obama immigration policies

Florida voters, particularly in immigrant-rich pockets of South and Central Florida, overwhelmingly say they support comprehensive immigration reform that would give people living in the state illegally a pathway to citizenship, according to a new Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9 poll.

Across the state, 66 percent of voters support immigration reform that allows people living in the U.S. without legal status to stay and apply for citizenship. Another 28 percent oppose it, and 6 percent are undecided.

"Most voters here support some sort of way to solve the problem," said Brad Coker of Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, the nonpartisan, Jacksonville-based company that conducted the poll for the Florida media organizations.

Florida voters also favor President Barack Obama's recent move to protect some younger illegal immigrants — the so-called DREAM Act kids — from being deported. They back the plan 53 to 42 percent, with 5 percent of potential voters undecided. In South Florida, that number jumps to 63 percent support, with just 34 percent opposing it.

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Joel Wischkaemper

Clearly.. we need to see the law enforced. Clearly, we need to see the law obeyed. When those two things are done, then we can turn to the revisions of the immigration law, and that should be done with the vote. ALL Americans should be involved in that process. And one of the most important sections of the law we pass must be: no welfare for the illegal aliesn who will receive any form of relief from the legal processes.

Baja Rat

Anyone who supports granting an amnesty to these illegals during the worst recession in decades has got to be nuts. Millions of citizens can't find jobs as it is, and adding millions more to the workforce is a recipe for a civil war.

Illegal aliens are criminals and parasites, one and all. Practically everything they do on U.S. soil is illegal. They need to be ferreted out, rounded up like cattle, punished for their numerous crimes, then booted back to whence they snuck in from with such extreme prejudice that they will never, ever think of violating our sovereignty again. Build a wall and deport 'em all. Enough is enough.

Dewyne Douglass

The post from Baja Rat show how dumb he is,maybe we would be better off if he was deported!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tracy

get them out of here we do not need them here at all.
give the jobs back to us poeple here, we need the jobs
not them.

Lissa

Most supporters come from South Florida.......and exactly how many of those supporters are citizens?? This country has gotten into the fix it is in by supporting and taking care of those people who refuse to work or abide by the law and then tax the people who actually try to live a life as an upstanding citizen. I say stop handing out welfare and green cards....the more we hand out the more we have to tax...which in turn puts more people in the hand-outs line because they now need help. Vicious cycle that needs to stop. Illegal= breaking law...should recieve punishmint not a hand out. If I break the law, I get punished, no matter if I tell them "I only did what I had to do to survive" and I am US citizen. Illegals get a green card, housing, and a job.

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