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Majority of Hispanics favor 'enforcement first' immigration reform

US Border Patrol agent Jerry Conlin looks out over Tijuana, Mexico, behind, along the old border wall along the US - Mexico border Thursday, June 13, 2013, where it ends at the base of a hill in San Diego. Illegal immigration into the United States would decrease by only 25 percent under a far-reaching Senate immigration bill, according to a recent analysis by the Congressional Budget Office. Credit: AP

A new survey from GOP pollster John McLaughlin suggests that a large majority of Hispanic voters think legal status should only be granted to immigrants after the government has restrained the flow of illegals into the country.

Via Andrew Stiles:

By a margin of 60 percent to 34 percent, registered Hispanic voters said they supported granting legal status to illegal immigrants “only when the 90% goal is reached.” Hispanic adults backed the proposal by a nearly identical margin — 60 percent to 32 percent.

The proposal offered in the poll is even more hawkish than the one put forward by Senator John Cornyn (R., Texas), who offered an amendment to the Gang of Eight immigration bill that would have required a 90 percent border-apprehension rate before illegal immigrants, having already been granted legal status under the legislation, could apply for citizenship.

Cornyn’s amendment, however, was rejected by the Gang and its supporters in favor of the “border surge” amendment from Senators Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) and John Hoeven (R., N.D.), which establishes a 90 percent apprehension rate as a guideline that has no bearing on the granting of legal status or citizenship. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that even with the Corker-Hoeven amendment, the Gang of Eight bill would only reduce future illegal immigration by 33 percent to 50 percent.

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