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People in the southern state of Florida are showing almost significant support for the immigration reforms being introduce in the country, official polls depict.
Particularly in the areas where immigrants are in rich quantities, people are in support of the comprehensive immigration reforms. They say that such reforms would bring about positive change in the society by giving those people who are living in the United States illegally a chance to get themselves registered.
A survey showed that across the State, only 28 percent people have voted against the reforms. 5 percent have been indecisive and the remaining figures of 66 percent people have voted in the favor of such reforms.
They also applauded the efforts of the government to introduce such reforms. Most of those who supported the reforms said that they have just supported the solution the government has proposed to this immigration problem.
Support for President Obama’s recent initiatives to provide illegal immigrants, America as children, a chance to get legal status was also seen. About 53 percent people supported the President’s measures, whereas 42 percent were not in its favor.
Some people in Florida are of the view that deporting those people who have been involved in criminal offenses is justified. They also support stricter border restrictions. But they said that those who came to America as children should not be put in the deportation program. They said that it was not in their hands in the first place to come here. They deserve a chance to stay.
Brad Coker of Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, the company that conducted the Florida research, said that Obama’s deferred deportation program might be finding support now, but this support might fade out. He said that the approach of the administration to bypass the congress in introducing reform might look appealing to the people. But the fact that, unlike the DREAM act, the President’s reforms only defer the deportation and does not provide a medium for young immigrant’s citizenship is going to take its support away. But the analysis is farfetched.
It is obvious that the Democrats and the Republicans are eager to get as much votes they can from the immigrant communities. Both President Obama and, the Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney are competing to get the Hispanic votes, Obama seems to be leading the race.
But the situation of immigrants in the state of Florida seems to be much different than in other states.
In Florida, the majority of Hispanic voters are either Cubans or Puerto Ricans. The Cubans on ones side have come legally to the state, and the Puerto Ricans are United States citizens. So there isn’t much of a difference to them.
Coker said that the immigrants in Florida did not get here after crossing some kind of harsh and cruel desert or a dangerous border. They came here in airplanes and boats. He said that they did not sneak into the country, they were welcomed and they adapted quite well.
People in Florida do, however, support the law that allows local police officers to verify the legal status of those who either have committed a crime or have committed some kind of violation. The percentage in favor was 53 percent to the 40 percent who were against it. The ones who were against this Supreme Court ruling said that they do not want Arizona like atmosphere in Florida.
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