A new CNN/ORC International survey found that 62% of Americans say border security should be the main focus of U.S. immigration policy, while only 36% say a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens should be the top priority.
According to the poll, more than six in ten Americans say border security is a bigger priority than a path to citizenship for illegal aliens.
The recent poll comes as the Gang of Eight's amnesty bill is being debated on the Senate floor. The bill, S. 744, would give amnesty to 11 million illegal aliens currently living in this country and add an additional 22 million foreign workers in the next ten years. The bill in its current form gives no guarantee of border security.
A majority of Americans are not happy with how President Obama is handling illegal immigration. The poll indicates that only four in ten say they approve of the job President Obama is doing on illegal immigration, with 56% saying they disappoprove of President Obama's job on illegal immirgation.
These results come a year after President Obama annouced the DACA program, which gives illegal aliens who came as children a two-year stay of deportation and a work permit.
The Gang of Eight amnesty bill is unpopular among the working class. More than half of Americans who did not attend college say they oppose the bill.
Increased border security as a top priority is widely popular among Americans from all types of backgrounds.
Across all income brackets and all education levels, more Americans overwhelmingly support increased border security over a pathway to citizenship.
For Americans 35 and older, increased border security as a top priority is supported by huge margins.
Sixty-five percent of Independents favor an increase in border security over a path to citizenship.
Americans in every region of the country overwhelmingly suppoty border security as the top priority.
Updated: Tue, Jun 18th 2013 @ 1:35pm EDT