WASHINGTON – Immigration reform will again dominate congressional hearings this week, and a new poll shows that Virginians support making changes to the immigration system.
A Roanoke College poll shows half of the people questioned in Virginia favor citizenship for illegal immigrants already in this county, while 21 percent favor a plan to allow them to become permanent residents. Another 21 percent say illegal immigrants should be deported.
“It’s a small percentage of people who essentially want to find these folks and send them home,” says Roanoke College Poll Director Harry Wilson.
He adds that the large majority of those polled, 78 percent, favor some form of system for employers to verify immigration status.
The poll also found 64 percent of those asked believe immigrants are changing American society, and 43 percent of that group think that’s a good thing.
The poll also questioned people about gun control and same sex marriage.
On gun control:
On same-sex marriage:
The poll of 629 Virginians was taken statewide, between April 8 and April 14. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percent.