An ABC/Washington Post poll once again drives home how most Americans feel about their undocumented, law-abiding neighbors. Fifty-seven percent of respondents in the poll supported a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented.
ABC News writes:
“In this survey, support for a path to citizenship peaks at 82 percent among Hispanics, 71 percent among Democrats and liberals alike and 69 percent among young adults, all key Obama groups. Support’s at 68 percent among nonwhites overall, compared with 51 percent among non-Hispanic whites. Obama lost white voters by 20 points last week, but won nonwhites — who accounted for a record 28 percent of the electorate – by 61 points. It was a record racial gap.”
This takes me back to 2010. Remember the political opportunism, the hysteria and the absolute lies that spurred the passage of SB 1070? Remember all the fearmongering about how we were being overrun by lazy conniving criminal “illegals” at the very time illegal immigration was approaching record lows?
Back then, The Arizona Republic ran a poll and found out that many Arizonans actually supported allowing their undocumented neighbors to stay if the immigrants worked and paid taxes, which, of course, most do.
This odd finding in the Arizona Republic poll confirmed to me that most Arizonans who supported SB 1070 never understood the true intent of the law signed by Gov. Jan Brewer — SB1070 was intended to remove.every.undocumented.immigrant.from.arizona.
The law passed because our checks and balances were all akimbo — Gov. Janet Napolitano was called to Washington to head Homeland Security. Gov. Jan Brewer constitutionally rose from Secretary of State to replace Napolitano. Brewer, a shrewd political opportunist, signed SB 1070 to get herself elected in a tough race against Terry Goddard. Then came the slew of copycat laws across the nation and the Republican anti-immigrant rhetoric that helped lead to Mitt Romney’s electoral slap down. The undocumented should “self-dpeort,” Romney said during the campaign. And he also said he’d veto the Dream Act.
And on and on.
I”m still astounded by how out-of-touch Romney’s advisors were.
Today’s ABC News -Washington Post poll only confirms it.
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Bio: Journalist Terry Greene Sterling has lived in Arizona most of her life, and has reported on the political brawls and human tragedies that have long made Arizona the focus of national news. She was raised on an Arizona cattle ranch, and learned to speak Spanish at the same time she learned English. The author of Illegal, Life and Death in Arizona's Immigration War Zone, Sterling has been honored with more than 50 national and regional journalism awards. She was named Virg Hill Journalist of the Year, Arizona’s highest journalism honor, three times. She was a staff writer for Phoenix New Times for 14 years before branching out on her own. She is a contributor for The Daily Beast, and Writer-in-Residence at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Her work has also appeared in The Washington Post, Newsweek.com, Salon.com, Rollingstone.com, The Nieman Narrative Digest, Phoenix Magazine, The Arizona Republic, Arizona Highways, High Country News, and Preservation Magazine. She tweets @tgsterling and blogs about immigration in Arizona at terrygreenesterling.com.