GOP base supports comprehensive immigration reform

A new survey by the Republican polling firm Basswood Research found that 70 percent of GOP primary voters support immigration reform that increases border security, requires employers to verify the legal status of job seekers, and establishes a pathway to U.S. citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the country – key provisions of the Senate-passed immigration reform bill. The support for comprehensive reform existed in every region of the country and among tea party voters and social conservatives. “Contrary to some perceptions,” the survey concluded, “it is clear that Republican members of Congress who support comprehensive immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship, do not run afoul of the majority opinion of their primary voters.”