According to a poll cited by Angus-Reid.com: “The majority of people in the United States would support a law making it possible for undocumented immigrants to legalize their status under certain conditions, according to a poll by TNS released by the Washington Post and ABC News. 51 per cent of respondents would support a program offering citizenship to illegal residents if they pay a fine and meet a set of requirements, down one point since June.”

Don’t expect anything of the sort to happen until 2009, but it’s an interesting contrast to the repetitive anti-immigration noise filling the cable news channel broadcasts. Watching the likes of Lou Dobbs and his nonsense polls, one would think that nobody in this country supports legalizing the undocumented.

It is also refreshing that the level of support for legalizing the undocumented has not changed much since June 2007, despite politicians and talking heads using immigration as a wedge issue. As I have written in the past, immigration is a losing issue regardless of what position one takes. The Presidential hopefuls should tread cautiously and watch what they say – there is still a full year to go before the elections.

Author: Bradley Maged

I'm Brad Maged, an immigration lawyer in Boston, Massachusetts. I help people who want to live and work in the United States and companies that wish to employ them. This blog provides opinion and information on developments in immigration law. Thanks for reading!

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