Poll: Minnesotans favor path to citizenship for illegal immigrants

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Minnesotans are in line with similar national polls.
A majority of Minnesotans would favor an immigration proposal that creates a path to citizenship for those here illegally, according to a Star Tribune poll.

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In total, 64 percent of poll respondents said they would support the reform, which would also entail beefing up border security; 24 percent came out against the plan and 12 percent were not sure.

That puts Minnesota roughly in line with the rest of the United States, based on similar polls released this year.

In comparison, a recent poll from Quinnipiac University indicated that 56 percent of Americans believe illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the United States and apply for citizenship. A Gallup poll from late January found 72 percent favored a path to citizenship. An AP-GfK poll found more than 6 in 10 Americans support allowing illegal immigrants to eventually become citizens.

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apatia_no
apatia_no

@Princess D Finkelson @MotherJones @CinBlueland :::  EDUCATE YOURSELVES YOU IGNORANT, RACIST, FASCIST, HUMAN GARBAGE DISPOSALS!!!!!So-called “illegal immigrants” DO NOT have social security numbers – AKA he/she cannot apply for government assistance; including food stamps, sec8, energy assistance, etc. Holy Shit Sherlock!!!! – WAIT, MY TAXES ARE NOT SUPPORTING ILEGEAL IMMIGRANTS!!??! JESUS FUCKING CHRIST!?! Please rise above the uneducated, racist, and media-driven social rhetoric of, “they take me jobs!!” and, “I don wan’ pay no taxes for dem ilegeals’ food stamps”. It is literally blowing my mind that you cannot even fathom the very basics of immigration law. Here’s a tiny-bit to enlighten you: did you know that it possibly takes years to adjust status to lawful permanent resident? “Gee wiz, my name is ___(insert token ‘immigrant’ name) and I applied (LEGALLY) to adjust my status when I entered the USA (LEAGALLY) in 2006 – it’s 2013 and I’m still awaiting my number! I can’t work – because how can I legally work when I have NO FUCKING RIGHTS – and I can’t apply for government assistance (“WELFARE” as you so call it) because I don’t have a social security number! How does one support his/her family you ask? Well, I possibly paid the mafia hundreds of dollars for a fake resident card that I use to work (below min. wage, of course) for my maid, fast food, or warehouse jobs that I temporarily hold. But they take taxes out of my every paycheck - which remember is under a fake SS#-and I can’t even get any tax returns because my SS# is bullshit and in the end, I have to make something up to the IRS about being ‘self-employed’ under my real tax ID number, which ultimately, I end up paying pay more money to the government! Double the love for the good ole USA. Oh, and I have to walk, bus, or bike 4 miles to work each way because, surprise! You need a SS# to get a driver’s license! (Never mind I may have been driving for years in my home country). But wait! You need a SS# to rent an apt! Which is why my brother and his family, my sister and her husband and kids, and my mom and her husband all live with me and my wife and kids in a duplex we rent!! But they don’t work yet because they are saving up to buy their own fake SS card so they can clean houses, too. My daughter is in 10th grade, but she is probably going to drop out because joining a gang is more lucrative than being straight up denied access to higher education. Never mind she is in the top 3% of her class and wants to be an educator.” And yes, that was completely made up and admittedly stereotypical. I am also a product of ignorance. OUR EXISTANCE IS DOOMED UNLESS WE STEP UP & EDUCATE OURSELVES,BETTER OUR FUTURE AND THOSE AROUND US!!!Your rights as a world citizen are not defined by your race, religion, place of birth, nationality or lack of.They are afforded to you by EXISTANCE.Where ever you live on this earth we all have the same rights as those who live in our community – there is only one race; the HUMAN RACE.

MotherJones
MotherJones

I think we should just open our borders to everyone. I mean who cares? The people who came across the border illegally and just come here to steal jobs should be rewarded. I mean, why should we have laws here in America when people just violate them anyway? I think the best thing to do is tax the wealthy at 100% of their income (I mean, they didn't earn it anyway) and give the money to illegal immigrants and welfare mothers so that they can use the money to better themselves. I believe that this is Obama's plan. And he is right. Obama is a Christian and he believes in what Jesus said: Steal from the Rich and Give to the Poor. Imagine if Obama could have his way and take all the money from the greedy rich people and give it to the poor people, how great this country would be. The poor people would now have excess money to spend on liquor, lottery tickets, the casino, and drugs. This would pump money into the economy and erase our national debt! In addition, we would penalize young white college students by forcing them to work for their education, and thereby teaching them a lesson that if you work hard, study hard, and get a good paying job, we will rape you by taxation so you get no return on your investment. Because what you worked hard for is owed to the poor. Also, you are white so you are automatically racist. We need a revolution NOW! And I am starting the Revolution. I am a nobody and I want to run for President in 2016. I want to CHANGE America. Email me so I can get the word out. Together we can DO THIS!   

Dee Finkelson
Dee Finkelson

agree with Brett. Now dont complain if we have to share jobs, gov. benefits n welfare, free schools, free meals at schools, free medical bills, etc...

Alex Browne
Alex Browne

Where did they get the numbers for these 800 people? With the do not call lists in places it's just my guess, but I don't believe they were just cold calls.

skye_coughlin
skye_coughlin

I like this but please use the term undocumented immigrants rather than illegal immigrants

apatia_no
apatia_no

@MotherJones wouldn't any "colored" college student also work hard for their education, study hard, get a good paying job and then be raped by taxation and get no return of investment? are you assuming that only white college students can be rich capitalist pigs? oh wait, maybe you are upset your parents couldn't pay for your piece of paper (college) like all your "white" colleges from the sorority? oh shit, did I assume you were a FEMALE?? bc THEY are taking all my money too

green23
green23 topcommenter

@Alex Browne It's called RDD -- Random Digit Dialing. The Do Not Call list does not cover political campaigns or pollsters. Some States prohibit "robopolling" -- automated recordings that survey respondents -- but live interviewers are always permitted.

Basically, they call numbers at random within an area code until they get the number of respondents that they need for a sample. Nothing mysterious or conspiratorial about it. 

So "your guess" is worthless and off-base.

green23
green23 topcommenter

@Angel L Bernard Cater Great. Instead of polling, I guess we can just ask *you* what Minnesotans think. Because you know everyone, and they discuss their opinions with you frankly and on a regular basis. 

Look, one of the great things about polls is that they show you what people *outside* of your self-selected associations think. To simply reject polls that disagree with your viewpoint as "wrong" is profoundly stupid. You have no idea what the majority of Minnesotans think; you only know what the people you *associate with* think. 

So what, exactly is "wrong" with the poll? Besides that the results don't line up with your views? Did you examine the sample, the cross-tabs, the methodology?

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@green23 Sounds like you are using that fancy science talk that confuses Republicans so much.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@CinBlueland Poor little angry bigot.  Must make you so mad how much stupid assholes like you are in the minority.  When a great President like Obama gets elected he can change the whole country. 

H8ER
H8ER

@MicheleBachmann stereo typing is fun isn't it!!!!  we all know republicans can hardly read, also its all Bushes falt

H8ER
H8ER

@MicheleBachmann please explain in detail how he is a biggot...

ill keep watching for your answer.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@CinBlueland Lol, you couldn't give their information because its not real.  You tell all these made up stories all the time like a psychopathic child.   If you really are a sexist, racist, homophobic troll with illegal immigrant relatives it just proves what a freak you are.  Please tell me more about your made up family to justify your insane lunatic nonsensical ravings about immigration.   What comments am I rebutting?  You make no sense.   The system is fucked up due to racist idiot Republicans like you.  If an immigrant came here illegally to work they have earned the right to be a citizen.  We can't pretend to be victims when our economy benefits from them.  Stupid bigot troll.  Keep fighting your war on common sense.  

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann Ahh Crickets.. Nice to know you're a punk.. So you admit that someone who has waited 2 yrs+  to get citizenship status should just eat a big F U  because you want someone who ignored all our laws to become an instant citizen.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann @CinBlueland Cute, can't rebut my comments so again back to personal attacks. Do you keep Sauls book in your back pocket? As to heritage, I could give you names and addresses, my fathers fb page etc.. still wouldn't be enough for you to get past your white guilt libralism. 

So again, just F those who are going through the system in the legal way?

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@CinBlueland  Why do conservative troll idiots always feel the need to tell some stupid made up story that makes it ok they are a bigot?   I don't give a shit about your stupid fucking family.  I bet you are making that shit up.  Since you post anonymously no one gives a shit about whatever crap you make up idiot.  Your ideas are all that matters.  We've seen your stupid bigot ideas.  If you have immigrants in your family than shame on you for how you talk about people like them.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

But you know, you're right, all those thousands of people working for citizenship.. F them.. they're just stupid

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann @CinBlueland Ok, enlighten me, how was this bigoted? I made no mention of race, we all know there are a bunch of illegal eastern europeans here as well as latins and asians. 

Or are you just on your hypersensitive soap box? Sorry sugar I've got family in NM and a portion of which are illegal. Even they think our system is a joke.

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