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Just 1 in 5 Americans want to deport young immigrants brought to the United States as children and now here illegally, the focus of a politically fraught debate between the White House and Congress.
Americans also have largely negative opinions about President Donald Trump's signature immigration pledge to build a wall along the entire US-Mexico border, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
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Just under half - 49 per cent - oppose construction, while 32 per cent support it.
On Sunday, Trump told lawmakers his hardline immigration priorities, including the wall, must be approved if he is to go along with protecting the young immigrants from deportation.
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About 800,000 young immigrants had been given a deportation reprieve under President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA, until Trump ended the program last month. He's given Congress six months to act.
About 60 percent of Americans favor allowing those young immigrants, commonly referred as 'Dreamers,' to stay in the US legally, compared to 22 percent who are opposed. Just 19 percent of respondents say all these childhood arrivals should be deported.
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Sixty-eight percent of Hispanics, 61 per cent of blacks and 57 per cent of whites favor extending protections. Eight in 10 Democrats favor allowing the young immigrants to stay legally. So do more than 4 in 10 Republicans.
'For the ones who are already here, there should be a way for them to stay because it wasn't their fault,' said Nik Catello, a 57-year-old independent film producer from Orange County, California. 'But you have to give them a path to citizenship.'
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Showing sympathy for the young immigrants does not always translate into softer views on immigration. Catello, for example, favors the construction of a wall along the Mexican border.
Among those who favor a border wall, 38...
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