A recent poll shows Texans are split on a pathway to citizenship -- but may be willing to set up prerequisites for children of illegal aliens.
Jim Henson of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas says one thing is for sure -- the issue of immigration reform is a political hot potato -- especially in the Lone Star State.
“Sixty-five percent of Democrats support it, but only 27-percent of Republicans support it,” Henson tells KTRH News.
But the numbers become much tighter when you talk about border patrol, requiring military service or granting citizenship to first responders, engineers or scientists.
“The overall comprehensive immigration reform is now seen through a partisan lens,” says Henson. “Republicans are largely opposed, Democrats are largely supportive despite more variation in public opinion among the component elements.”
Still about 20-percent of all Texas voters oppose any pathway to citizenship.
“What you might see is you are much more likely to get the individual elements than you are to get a comprehensive immigration reform package at this point,” he says.