Polls show support for Obama’s deferred action immigration policy

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The Obama administration recently announced it would stop the deportation of certain young people who were brought here illegally by their parents. Two subsequent polls indicate that controversial move is increasingly popular with voters.

Both public opinion polls were taken days after President Obama and Mitt Romney addressed the annual conference held by NALEO, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.

Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University asked voters in swing states like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida whether they opposed Obama’s deferred action policy. More than half the respondents support the new relief for Dream Act-eligible immigrants. The survey also noted an increase in Latino support for Obama among Florida voters.

Another national poll by NBC News, the Wall Street Journal and Telemundo found that 68 percent of respondents favor the policy. Among Latinos, that support was 87 percent.

Meanwhile, two congressmen from Arizona have introduced legislation to prevent the administration from offering deferred action. Congressman Steve King of Iowa is also leading an effort to sue the president over the new policy.

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