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New Bi-Partisan Polling Shows Americans Want National Action on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Even Supporters of Arizona Law Strongly Favor a National, Comprehensive Approach


President Obama prepares to meet with Senate Republicans on Tuesday to
discuss prospects for immigration reform and other legislation, new
bi-partisan polling on immigration shows that Americans of all
political persuasions overwhelmingly support national action on
immigration reform, prefer a comprehensive reform approach, and want
the federal government to take action now.

The research,
conducted by Democratic polling firm Lake Research Partners and
Republican polling firm Public Opinion Strategies, also provides
important new perspective on Arizona's new immigration law,
demonstrating that while a majority of voters support the Arizona law,
respondents show much more intense support for comprehensive reform
proposals. Overall, the polling shows strong support for the Arizona
law; stronger support for national action on immigration reform instead
of a state-by-state approach; and strongest support for a comprehensive
immigration reform proposal among several policy alternatives.

On Tuesday May 25th at 10 AM Eastern,
join Celinda Lake and David Mermin from Lake Research Partners, Lori
Weigel from Public Opinion Strategies, and Frank Sharry from America's
Voice as they discuss the poll results, including examining the sub-set
of respondents who favor both AZ SB1070 and comprehensive immigration
reform, and put the results into the larger context of the immigration
reform debate. The polling, which will be released at the time of the
call, includes the responses of 800 registered voters nationwide with
an oversample of 300 Latino registered voters.

WHO: Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partners

David Mermin, Partner, Lake Research Partners

Lori Weigel, Partner, Public Opinion Strategies

Frank Sharry, Executive Director, America's Voice

WHAT: New Bi-Partisan Polling Shows Americans Want National Action on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

WHEN: Tuesday May 25th at 10 AM Eastern

CALL IN: Dial: 1-800-895-1085, Passcode: "Reform"

America's Voice -- Harnessing the power of American voices and American values to win common sense immigration reform. The mission of America's Voice is to realize the promise of workable and humane comprehensive immigration reform. Our goal is to build the public support and create the political momentum for reforms that will transform a dysfunctional immigration system that does not work into a regulatory system that does.