INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A majority of Indiana voters support immigration reform according to a poll released Thursday. It's a poll that was conducted by three Washington-based organizations who are leading the push for immigration reform.
They found support for their cause in 29 states, including Indiana.
The focus is the immigration reform bill agreed upon by the so-called Gang of Eight, a bill that includes a pathway to citizenship for 11 million immigrants who are now here illegally.
Angela Adams, a local attorney affiliated with the immigration reform group called Bibles, Badges, and Business shared the results with 24-Hour News 8. They show 69 percent in Indiana support immigration reform, 62 percent support a pathway to citizenship, and 92 percent think it's important for Congress to act this year.
Adams says it tells her one thing.
"People are ready for this," she said. "I think that, you know, the time is now."
You don't need to tell Indiana GOP Senator Dan Coats. He took to the Senate floor Wednesday to encourage a debate even though he opposes the current version of the immigration bill.
"Immigration reform needs to take place in an open, fair, and thorough debate," Coats told fellow Senators, "with the input of the American people and I'm certainly hearing from many of them in my state."
Saturday there will be a rally on the Circle in support of immigration reform. Preparations are underway at AFL-CIO headquarters.
The focus is to get Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly to take a stand.
"I think the most important part," says organizer Stuart Mora of Unite Here, "is that there is continued public showing that this is a priority for Hoosier voters."
It's remains a complicated issue. While supporters focus on the pathway to citizenship, the biggest concern for Senator Coats is border security. The poll didn't touch on that.
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