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WYO Senators Vote Down Immigration Reform; Poll Shows Disagreement

PHOTO: A new poll shows 71-percent of Wyomingites of all political stripes support immigration reform drafted by the so-called 'Gang of Eight' in the U.S. Senate. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith
PHOTO: A new poll shows 71-percent of Wyomingites of all political stripes support immigration reform drafted by the so-called 'Gang of Eight' in the U.S. Senate. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith
June 14, 2013

CASPER, Wyo. - Seventy-one percent of Wyomingites polled say they support the immigration reform package drafted by the so-called "Gang of Eight" in the U.S. Senate. The bill contains border security measures, and sets a long list of requirements over more than a decade in order for immigrants currently in the country without documents to become citizens.

While the issue is often perceived as a partisan one, Brock McCleary, president, Harper Polling, said Republican support is strong.

"Republicans - conservative, moderate, whatever they may be - have found that impeding progress on reform, standing in the way of getting this problem solved, has really exacerbated it," McCleary said.

Seventy-eight percent said they'd be more likely to vote for an elected official who supports the Senate legislation. The bill passed a procedural hurdle earlier in the week, even though Wyoming Republican Sens. Mike Barasso and Mike Enzi voted against it.

Wyoming isn't the only traditionally red state showing support for reform. Charles Spies, co-founder of Republicans for Immigration Reform, a political action committee, said the poll results tell the same story in other regions.

"This shows that Republican voters across 29 states overwhelmingly support the bipartisan approach of the 'Gang of Eight' bill," Spies said, "and also believe it's time to get it done."

The survey found that 94 percent of state residents polled said it is important for the immigration system to be fixed this year. The makeup of voters surveyed in Wyoming was evenly split among Republicans, Democrats, and Independents or those with no party affiliation.

The poll, conducted by Harper Polling and Public Policy Polling, was sponsored by the Alliance for Citizenship, Partnership for a New American Economy and Republicans for Immigration Reform. Full poll results are available at
http://americasvoiceonline.org.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - WY