How Obama is winning the immigration debate

A new poll shows that a plurality of Americans backs Obama's handling of the issue

"We can't allow immigration reform to get bogged down in an endless debate."
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Will 2013 be the year that America finally gets comprehensive immigration reform? The GOP, still stinging after Mitt Romney garnered a measly 27 percent of the Latino vote in November, seems almost eager to work with Democrats to pass a bipartisan immigration bill. And the public seems on board, too: New polls show that more Americans approve of President Obama's handling of immigration than disapprove, and that an overwhelming majority back just the sort of measures he's offering.

A new Gallup poll shows wide-ranging support for measures in Obama's plan. For instance, 72 percent of Americans say undocumented workers living in the United States should have a chance to become citizens, and 85 percent agree that employers should be required to verify that all new hires are living in the country legally. And an ABC News/Washington Post poll released this morning finds that 49 percent Americans support Obama's handling of immigration versus 43 percent who disapprove. That's a drastic shift from last July, when only 38 percent approved of the White House's approach.

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