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Survey Shows Overwhelming Support for Immigration Reform in VA


Friday, June 14, 2013   

RICHMOND, Va. – As the U.S. Senate debates sweeping immigration reform legislation, supporters are releasing a new poll of Virginians that shows overwhelming public approval of those reforms.

The survey by Harper Polling was commissioned by a coalition of immigration reform groups, and finds 63 percent of Virginians strongly support or somewhat support legislation that would secure the borders, require immigrants to register for legal status and eventually provide a pathway to citizenship.

Tim Freilich is legal director of the immigrant advocacy program with the Legal Aid Justice Center.

"Clear majorities of Virginians of both the Republican and Democratic parties, men and women, young and old, all support reforms along the lines of the tough but fair bill currently being debated in the senate," he says.

The poll shows that 65 percent of the respondents said it is important that the U.S. fix its immigration system this year.

Freilich represents undocumented workers through Virginia's Legal Aid Justice Center. He says so many Virginians interact with immigrants on a daily basis, they have a personal stake in immigration reform that is reflected in the poll results.

"Passage of the bill would make Virginia stronger," he insists. "I mean we have almost every industry in Virginia at this point is supported and benefits from the contributions of Virginia's immigrants."

Earlier this week, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia delivered a speech on the Senate floor in Spanish, calling for passage of the immigration bill.

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