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Most U.S. Adults Want Legal Means for Dreamers to Remain

A majority (60 percent) of U.S. adults want the government to create a legal avenue for Dreamers (undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children) to remain in the country, according to a recent survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

By comparison, 22 percent oppose a legal means for Dreamers to remain in the U.S., 16 percent said they neither favor nor oppose, and 2 percent didn’t express an opinion.

Among those who opposed a legal avenue for Dreamers to remain in the U.S. (or neither favored nor opposed such action), a majority (52 percent) said it opposed the idea of deporting all undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, with 47 percent supporting such action and 1 percent declining to answer.

When those in favor of a legal avenue for Dreamers (or neither favored nor opposed such action) were asked about supporting presidential action to prevent the deportation of Dreamers (should Congress fail to pass legislation), 66 percent of respondents were in favor of such executive action. By comparison, 20 percent were neutral, 13 percent opposed and 1 percent didn’t respond.

Building a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico – a key promise President Trump made throughout his campaign – received affirmation from only 32 percent of respondents, with 49 percent opposed, 18 percent neutral and 1 percent not responding.

There were more self-identified Democrats (46 percent) than Republicans (37 percent) who participated in the survey, with 18 percent saying they are independent.

Self-described moderates made up the highest number of respondents (43 percent), followed by conservatives (32 percent) and liberals (23 percent).

The full survey results are available here.