Poll: Most don’t want young im­mi­grants de­ported

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WASH­ING­TON — Just one in five Amer­i­cans want to de­port young im­mi­grants brought to the United States as chil­dren and now here il­le­gally, the fo­cus of a po­lit­i­cally fraught de­bate be­tween the White House and Congress.

Amer­i­cans also have largely neg­a­tive opin­ions about Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s sig­na­ture im­mi­gra­tion pledge to build a wall along the en­tire U.S.-Mex­ico border, ac­cord­ing to a new poll by The As­so­ci­ated Press-NORC Cen­ter for Pub­lic Af­fairs Re­search. Just un­der half — 49 per­cent — op­pose con­struc­tion, while 32 per­cent sup­port it.

On Sun­day, Trump told law­mak­ers his hard­line im­mi­gra­tion pri­or­i­ties, in­clud­ing the wall, must be ap­proved if he is to go along with pro­tect­ing the young im­mi­grants from de­por­ta­tion.

About 800,000 young im­mi­grants had been given a de­por­ta­tion re­prieve un­der Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals, also known as DACA, un­til Trump ended the pro­gram last month. He’s given Congress six months to act.

About 60 per­cent of Amer­i­cans fa­vor al­low­ing those young im­mi­grants, com­monly re­ferred as “Dream­ers,” to stay in the U.S. legally, com­pared to 22 per­cent who are op­posed. Just 19 per­cent of re­spon­dents say all these child­hood ar­rivals should be de­ported.

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