More than Half Back Citizenship and Border Security Plans Alike

Gary Langer, ABC News

July 18, 2013

More than half of Americans support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and stricter border control alike – but with views on border enforcement significantly tempered by the multibillion-dollar price tag.

When the cost isn’t mentioned, 64 percent in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll support adding 20,000 border control agents and 700 miles of fence along the U.S. border with Mexico. Given the $46 billion price tag, however, support declines to 53 percent.

Fifty-five percent, in the meantime, support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants now living in the United States, similar to what it’s been in a series of ABC/Post polls that have asked the question since last fall. (Support peaked at 62 percent, in a poll in April, which specified that applicants would need to pay a fine and meet other conditions.)

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