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Washington's immigration priorities don't match America's

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The rest of President Obama’s second-term agenda may be stalled in Congress, but the Senate is rapidly moving the Schumer-Rubio immigration reform bill towards passage early this summer. But the American people have different priorities. According to Gallup, out of 12 issues offered to respondents, Americans wish the president and Congress would give their least time and attention to “reforming immigration.”

And, according to Pew, when Americans do think about immigration, the vast majority (67 percent) want to see immigration decreased or stay the same. Only 25 percent of Americans told Pew they want immigration increased. By contrast, 36 percent of Americans want to see immigration decreased and another 31 percent want to see at stay at the present level.

Unfortunately, the Schumer-Rubio bill heading towards approval in the Senate would vastly increase future flows of immigration of all kinds. Not only does the bill provide citizenship to the 11 million illegal immigrants already in the country today, a policy opposed by 56 percent of Americans according to Pew, but it would increase the number of visas given to both high- and low-skill workers.

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