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Poll: Most say illegal entry won't end

May 16, 2011 at 4:48 PM
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WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) -- U.S. voters are more pessimistic about the likelihood of ending illegal immigration for good, a Rasmussen Reports poll released Monday indicated.

Just 35 percent of respondents said they believe it is possible to end illegal immigration in the United States while 47 percent said they don't think it is possible, results indicated. Nineteen percent said they were unsure.

The percentage of people who think it's possible to end illegal immigration is down from a recent high of 47 percent in July 2010 and ties the lowest result in surveys conducted since 2007, Rasmussen Reports said.

President Obama last week urged Congress to move ahead on immigration reform, saying his administration "strengthened border security beyond what many believed was possible." However, Rasmussen Reports indicated 30 percent of likely U.S. voters said they thought the U.S.-Mexican border was somewhat secure while 64 percent said it was not secure.

Results are based on nationwide telephone interviews with 1,000 likely voters conducted Wednesday and Thursday. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.

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