Poll: Relief from deportations more important to Hispanics, Asian-Americans than citizenship

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study suggests Hispanics and Asian-Americans view relief from deportations as more important for immigrants in the U.S. illegally than creating a pathway to citizenship.

Two polls by the Pew Research Center show 89 percent of Hispanics and 72 percent of Asian-Americans continue to back a pathway to citizenship. Still, by 55 percent to 35 percent, Hispanics said being able to live and work in the U.S. legally without the threat of deportation was more important. Among Asian-Americans, the ratio was 49 to 44 percent.

Among both groups, noncitizens are more apt than citizens to consider it important to remove the threat of deportation.

Earlier this year, the Senate passed immigration legislation that would strengthen border enforcement and allow a 13-year pathway to citizenship, but the measure has stalled in the House. In the meantime, immigration supporters are pressuring President Barack Obama to use his executive power to stop deportations.

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269-v-33-(Ross Simpson, AP correspondent)--With immigration stalled in Congress, Hispanics and Asian-Americans say getting relief from deportation is more important than creating a pathway to citizenship. AP correspondent Ross Simpson reports. (18 Dec 2013)

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270-c-19-(Ross Simpson, AP correspondent)-"at 36 percent"-AP correspondent Ross Simpson reports not all Latino immigrants seek to become American citizens. (18 Dec 2013)

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271-c-16-(Ross Simpson, AP correspondent)-"on their communities"-AP correspondent Ross Simpson reports relief from deportation is more important than a pathway to citizenship for many of the 11 million immigrants illegally in the U.S. (18 Dec 2013)

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