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Immigration poll indicates both parties favor reform

Reported by: Sergio Avila
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Updated: 6/14/2013 10:17 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- It's a debate that has divided Nevada and the nation for years.

Now, a new poll says a majority of Nevadans are supporting immigration reform and both Republicans and Democrats are showing their support to change the system and give those here illegally a chance to path to citizenship.

News 3's Sergio Avila is here to break down the highlights from that new survey.

The poll was done by Harper Polling and questioned 500 Nevadans. The polls showed 91 percent of those asked said they think it's either very or somewhat important to pass immigration reform this year.

Along with being a Nevada regent, Michael Wixom says he's focused on the current immigration debate in Washington.

“I think we've been missing the mark on immigration for a number of years,” Wixom said.

Wixom is a Republican and admits his party hasn't done enough when it comes to our immigration issues.

The recent survey by harper polling asked people in 29 states if they support the current bill in the senate.

The bill would create a pathway to citizenship with a slew of requirements including, paying fines and waiting 13 years to become a citizen.

Wixom says the amount of bipartisan support across the country is encouraging.

“I was surprised to see the strong Republican support across the country. In some states it was as high as 75 percent. In terms of allowing individuals a path to citizenship.

The poll found that 64 percent of Nevadans support the gang of eight bill.

Out of those polled, 33 percent were Republicans, 44 percent were democrats and 23 percent were independents.

“Nevada voters are showing this is a bill they can really get behind,” Martin said.

Laura Martin is with the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada.
They want immigration reform now.

They have Sen. Harry Reid's support but the question mark remains on Sen. Dean Heller.

The group hosted a phone bank to get voters to call Sen. Heller and ask for his support.

In a statement Heller’s office said this about the latest poll.

"The legislation currently under consideration in the Senate is promising, but Senator Heller still has concerns that must be addressed through open debate and an inclusive amendment process on the Senate floor."

Debate that could change the lives of millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States, waiting for an opportunity to come out of the shadows.

According to that poll, voters would also reward lawmakers who support immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship.

Nearly 83 percent of Nevadans polled say they would vote for a candidate who supports reform.

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