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June 17, 2013

New Poll of Illinois Voters Shows Overwhelming Support for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Poll demonstrates Senator Kirk’s outside the mainstream on immigration reform


June 17, 2013  

[CHICAGO] – Illinois voters from all ends of the state and across the political spectrum support comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship, according to a new statewide poll jointly conducted by two polling firms, one Democratic and one Republican.  By a forty point-margin, voters in Illinois back a comprehensive immigration reform package that includes a path to citizenship.

On a call with reporters today, labor and business leaders announced the poll results and urged Senator Kirk to support a path to citizenship as part of worker-centered, comprehensive immigration reform.

“The message is clear: Illinois voters want Senator Kirk to support comprehensive immigration reform that includes a roadmap to citizenship,” said Michael Carrigan, president of the Illinois AFL-CIO.  “With such broad support for bi-partisan immigration reform, Senator Kirk’s recent actions to block or stall immigration reform set him far outside the mainstream here in Illinois.”

“Senator Kirk’s not listening to voters and he’s not listening to the small business community,” said David Borris, owner of Hel’s Kitchen Catering in Northbrook and a board member of the Main Street Alliance.  “Illinois voters, and small business owners in particular, know that when immigrants are given the chance to fully participate in our communities, Illinois will benefit from higher consumer spending, more successful business start-ups, and a more vibrant economy.”

“Attempts to block a road to citizenship for millions of hard-working immigrants in this country, such as the Cornyn amendment, are inconsistent with the will of Illinois voters,” said Jorge Ramirez, president of the Chicago Federation of Labor. “The voters of Illinois clearly recognize that there are hundreds of thousands of hard-working immigrants making Illinois stronger.  They are paying taxes and raising families.  Immigration reform must provide them with a realistic process to achieve citizenship.”

Eighty percent of Illinois voters polled support a thirteen-year path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants similar to the provisions included in bi-partisan immigration legislation passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 21st.  The citizenship provision was by far the most popular polled, outperforming border security measures by a thirteen-point margin.

Support for comprehensive reform transcends geography, partisanship, and race.  Sixty-eight percent of voters in the five collar counties surrounding Chicago support a comprehensive method of addressing the country’s broken immigration system.  Sixty-two percent of Independents and fifty-five percent of Republicans also support a comprehensive package of immigration fixes.  White voters (66%), African Americans (66%), and minorities as a whole (61%), including Hispanics, are also decidedly supportive. 

Fako & Associates, Inc.(F&A), of Lisle, Illinois, a Democratic polling firm, and Chesapeake Beach Consulting, of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, a Republican polling firm, conducted the survey of Illinois registered voters by telephone on June 3 - 6, 2013.