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On August 16, Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer signed an executive order to block state benefits, including driver licenses for recipients of Deferred Action--a new federal government program that reflects the goals of the Dream Act to temporarily delay deportation for undocumented immigrants who moved to the U.S. before the age of 16 and are currently under 30 years old.

Despite the Governor’s claim that this is what the citizens of Arizona want, nearly three-quarters of Arizonans (73%), regardless of their race, ethnicity and party affiliation support the DREAM Act, which would allow undocumented immigrants who graduate from college or serve in the military to become U.S. citizens. This according to a new state poll by the Morrison Institute (Marist Poll, April 2012).

There is even strong support among Arizonans for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants: 78% of all Arizonans, 76% of Whites, 81% of Latinos, 69% of Republicans, 89% of Democrats and 79% of Independents., according to a November 2011 Marist Poll.

Governor Brewer strongly supports Arizona's racial profiling law SB 1070. The Supreme Court has already ruled that Arizona’s attempt to take federal law into its own hands is largely unconstitutional. It struck down three of the four sections of the law that were challenged, and the Court basically invited future challenges to the one section it upheld for now.

Surprisingly, about 70% percent of Arizonans do support Arizona’s SB1070, (Marist Poll, November 2011) despite their support for the practical and immigrant friendly policies described above.

What all the research show is that voters around the country are hungry for solutions to what most see as a broken immigration system. Given Arizonans' support of the DREAM Act and pathways to citizenship, Deferred Action is a good first step that a majority of Arizona’s citizens and the rest of us can get behind.

Read also:

Arizona v. United States:  Media Coverage of the Supreme Court (August 2012)

Leveraging the Moment: Talking About President Obama's DREAM Announcement

Originally posted to The Opportunity Agenda on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 01:41 PM PDT.

Also republished by Baja Arizona Kossacks.

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  •  Either the polling is poorly designed (3+ / 0-)

    or quite a few people are talking out of both sides of their mouth.  

    Can you link to the poll?  I can't seem to find it.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 01:52:58 PM PDT

    •  Most americans are ignorant about immigration (5+ / 0-)

      issues. This is because they do not have first hand experience with the entire immigration system. They have no idea how it works. They have been US citizens all their lives without having to lift a finger and they have zero understanding of other immigration status, or how life could be different without your walking papers.

      So for example, if a poll asks :"Do you favor an amnesty for illegal immigrants" - most americans would stamp their feet and scream hell no. But if you ask "Do you favor a pathway to legal citizenship for illegal immigrants" Most americans would say yes- as you see in these polls. But those two statements are the same - an amnesty is exactly the same as a pathway to citizenship.

      •  I'm not a jet setter, but I have travelled in the (0+ / 0-)

        so called third world.  While doing so I was stopped by regular police on several occasions and asked to provide my "papers"...i.e., a valid and current visa and passport.  It happened with regularity.  

        I don't get the whole conniption fit here in the USA if we do the same.  It's not at all uncommon.  And the requesting autorities are completely within their rights.

        This has happened to me in Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru.

        I could have pouted and accused them of racial profiling, but the fact is that with green eyes and standing 6'3" tall, with sandy hair...I did sort of stick out.  

        So...if other countries have the right to enforce their own immigration statutes, don't we?  

        Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

        by Keith930 on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 05:51:33 PM PDT

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  •  So, at this point (1+ / 0-)
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    efrenzy

    I suppose it's safe to say that most Arizonans don't even care about how you fix this problem so long someone actually tries something (that isn't, you know, unconstitutional) regardless of the liberal/conservative divide. Kind of mixed about that. At one end you have bipartisan support, on the other end you have people so desperate for support that they are actually willing to be bipartisan.

  •  Why don't they vote; fuck polling (0+ / 0-)

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 04:07:11 PM PDT

  •  if the immigration system is broken (0+ / 0-)

    how would you fix it?

    Do you have a 3 point plan?  That doesn't include an open border?

    Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 05:19:33 PM PDT

  •  so who supports Brewer? (1+ / 0-)
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    number nine dream

    Those polling numbers you quote would seem to indicate that she's completely out of sync with her state.  And yet she is the Governor.

    What gives?

    Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 05:42:20 PM PDT

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