Interesting polling on immigration reform from Gallup.
Americans Widely Support Immigration Reform Proposals
Greatest support for employers' verifying new hires' legal status
PRINCETON, NJ -- At least two-thirds of Americans favor each of five specific measures designed to address immigration issues -- ranging from 68% who would vote for increased government spending on security measures and enforcement at U.S. borders, to 85% who would vote for a requirement that employers verify the immigration status of all new hires. More than seven in 10 would vote for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants now living in this country.
I don't see how a respondent could have expressed a preference for sequential, conditional passage of these reforms, i.e., legal residency/pathway to citizenship/amnesty *after* border security and workplace enforcement have been demonstrated as legal and effective.
The question was:
Next, suppose that on Election Day you could vote on key issues as well as candidates. Would you vote for or against a law that would – [RANDOM ORDER]?
Well, I suppose I would vote against legal residency in this election and wait to see how the other elements fell into place, with the hope of voting on residency in a subsequent election. As to how other respondents tackled this question, who can tell?