Many Democratic candidates in the recent Congressional election were quick to say they opposed amnesty for illegal immigrants. Even those politicians who in other respects seemed very pro-immigrant shied away from the word "amnesty." Based on that you might think that they were reacting to polls which showed that the voters were overwhelmingly opposed to any path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in this country. If you thought that you would be wrong.
Quinnipac Poll, 11/13-19:
"Do you support or oppose creation of a guest worker program that would allow illegal immigrants to register for temporary legal status and employment?"
Support 65%, Oppose 32%
Currently illegal immigrants cannot apply for citizenship. If the law were changed to allow illegal immigrants to register into a guest worker program, should that program offer them the ability to work toward citizenship over a period of several years?"
Yes 69%, No 27%