President Obama called for immigration reform in his inaugural address Monday, saying the nation needs “a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity.” The public agrees. More than 6 in 10 Americans favor allowing illegal immigrants to eventually become U.S. citizens, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. Among Republicans, 53 percent favor a pathway to citizenship. That’s up 22 percent from 2010.
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