Kitty Felde

New poll shows slim support for Dream Act

Rather than specifically asking "do you support the Dream Act?" Gallup pollsters asked whether they would support a law that would "grant legal status to illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children if they join the military or attend college". Gallup figured most people have never heard of the Dream Act. "It is not clear to what extent Americans are familiar with the particulars of the DREAM Act, because the legislation has not received as much attention as other issues Congress is dealing with, such as the extension of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. But the poll indicates Americans' top-of-mind responses to a proposal similar to the DREAM Act are more positive than negative." The results? "Non-Hispanic whites are divided as to whether they would vote for legislation similar to the DREAM Act, while nonwhites favor it by a better-than 2-to-1 margin."
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