In a recent study published by the Public Policy Institute of California it is reported that the attitudes among California residents have changed dramatically over the years. Gone are the harsh and repressive attitudes of people 21 years ago when the infamous Proposition 187 was passed.
The following question was given to respondents:
"If you had to choose, what do you think should happen to most illegal immigrants who have lived and worked in the United States for at least two years? They should be given a chance to keep their jobs and eventually apply for legal status, or they should be deported back to their native country."
The results were both gratifying and a bit surprising:
70% they should be given a chance to keep their jobs
25% they should be deported back to their native country
5% don't know
To view the full report on immigration in California, please see this link:
While this study was done in California, across the country similar studies suggest that between 62% and 85% of all Americans surveyed would respond in the same way.
If this substantial support to allow unauthorized immigrants to keep their jobs and begin down an earned path towards legal status, why is it impossible to get members of Congress to pass needed legislation to make this possible? That remains a mystery.
Each one of us needs to send an email to our House of Representative member and to our U.S. Senators urging them to pass needed immigration reform.
Let's continue praying for this intention, especially as we approach Holy Week and enter the joyous Easter Season.