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Huge Majority Of Americans Liked What They Heard From Trump On Immigration Policy

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by Will Racke

President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union speech was mostly well-received by the American public, and his remarks on immigration policy were no exception, according to a poll of people who watched the address.

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Outlining his policy vision for the upcoming year, Trump used inclusive rhetoric to defend a strongly nationalist immigration agenda. He offered a “down-the-middle compromise” that would set a path to citizenship for 1.8 million younger illegal immigrants, nearly triple the number of people covered by the soon-to-expire Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

In return, he called for tighter limits on extended-family migration, an end to the diversity visa lottery, and a wall along the southwest border — reforms he said would create a create a “safe, modern, and lawful immigration system.”

A huge majority of Americans agreed with that immigration framework, a CBS News State of the Union survey found. Nearly three-quarters — 72 percent — of poll respondents favored the specific proposals.

The positive response to Trump’s immigration framework was in keeping with the reception of the speech as a whole, according to the CBS poll. Among those surveyed, 75 percent approved of the Trump’s remarks, and 81 percent felt he was trying to unite the country.

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The CBS survey of State of the Union watchers echoes recent polling that shows broad support for Trump’s immigration framework. A Harvard-Harris poll released earlier this month found that 65 percent of American voters agreed with the proposition that any bill codifying DACA protections should be accompanied by funding for a wall, ending chain migration, and ending the diversity visa lottery program.

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