Pew: Three-quarters of Americans support permanent status for ‘Dreamers’

Three-quarters of all U.S. adults support granting permanent legal immigration status to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.

The fate of many so-called Dreamers is currently in the balance, as the Supreme Court is due to rule on President Trump’s order to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which grants deferral from deportation as well as work permits to nearly 700,000 Dreamers.

According to Pew, majorities of all racial and ethnic groups surveyed — and majorities of both Democrats and Republicans — support granting permanent status to Dreamers.

Overall, 74 percent of U.S. adults support granting status, while 24 percent are opposed.

Among Democrats, 91 percent support the measure while Republicans are split, with 53 percent in favor and 43 percent against.

Hispanics are the most likely to support permanent status for Dreamers. Overall, 88 percent support permanent status; 92 percent of foreign-born Hispanics and 88 percent of U.S.-born Hispanics support permanent status for Dreamers.

Among white respondents, support is at 69 percent, while 82 percent of African American respondents support it and 77 percent of Asian respondents.

The survey also asked respondents if they supported a pathway to legalization for all undocumented immigrants, with similar results.

Of all respondents, 75 percent said they would support measures to grant papers to undocumented immigrants, while 24 percent opposed the idea.

The Supreme Court could announce Thursday its ruling on the legality of Trump’s order to undo DACA.

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