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Study shows Americans want immigrants to have path to citizenship

Imagine you are a baby, no more than a year old. At this early age, your family decides to try and enter the United States. Your country of origin is irrelevant -- your family is simply trying to get to the U.S. so that they can have their dreams realized. Your family isn't looking to make trouble (and obviously you aren't), they just want to live a normal life raising you.

Your family makes it happen (though under less than legal circumstances) and you live in the U.S. for a long time. Now you're 18 years old. America is all you've ever known. You have no allegiance to your country of origin. And you just got pulled over by the police for a minor traffic violation, and now they are trying to detain you and deport you.

Is this the way we want our immigration system to function?

It doesn't make much sense to a vast majority of Americans, regardless of their religious values, too. The story, though a little bit old, is still very relevant as roughly 63 percent of Americans in a Public Religion Research Institute think that undocumented immigrants should be given a path to citizenship.

Hopefully a reformed, simplified and much improved system will be agreed to soon -- but in the meantime, undocumented immigrants are living lives of fear that many shouldn't have to. They are good people just trying to realize their dreams. In the meantime, we have to wait and see if the U.S. government can reach a sensible solution about the matter of immigration.

Source: FOX News Latino, "Immigration Poll: Most Americans Regardless Of Religious Affiliation Support A Path To Citizenship," Nov. 25, 2013

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