Poll shows voter shift in immigration reform

Reported by: Henry Ramos
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Updated: 2/27 9:33 pm
It's long been a back-and-forth issue on both sides of the aisle and between the executive and legislative branches. Passing some sort of immigration reform seems to go dark every single year, but a new poll is shedding some light on what Texas voters want done.

Texas Tech Political Science Professor Seth McKee said, "You are seeing movement towards more support of a pathway to citizenship."

According to a University of Texas and Texas Tribune poll probable Texas voters seem to really want change. 

"You essentially have 51 percent who approve of some overhaul with a pass to citizenship," McKee said.

Twenty-six percent of voters say they strongly support an immigration overhaul with a path to citizenship, while 25-percent somewhat support.

"Voters are not as polarized," he said. "They are not as opposed to on the immigration issue as are Republicans and Democrats in Congress, and that is the biggest problem."

Still, 27-percent of Texas voters strongly oppose revamped legislation while 17-percent somewhat oppose.

District 83 candidates for the Texas House recently debated the issue. One of the concerns is how to deal with skilled workers and security at the state level.

State Representative Charles Perry said, "We can revamp our work program to make sure that those people that need to be here that have value to offer to our society can be here, but we will know who they are through technology."

Steve Massengale, District 83 Candidate, said "We have to control our border, for those people who want to come over and work and be productive citizens and follow the rules, I am supportive of that."

The shift is evident since the last poll taken in October. There's a 6 percent increase in respondents who favor of a comprehensive immigration reform plan. 

For a link to the poll just click here.

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