Jun 10

Past Event

What Americans Want from Immigration Reform in 2014

Event Materials



  • Americans Not Pessimistic about Immigrants

    Robert Jones, Public Religion Research Institute: While Americans in the survey have a more pessimistic view of the country, they have a more positive view of immigrants. And, the support for a path to citizenship for those in the country legally has remained steady over time.

  • Americans' Linked Attitudes about World and Immigration

    E.J. Dionne, Jr: There clearly is a relationship between Americans' attitudes toward the outside world and attitudes toward immigration.

    E.J. Dionne, Jr.

  • Americans Agree on Jobs as Top Priority

    William Galston: The survey found much more agreement than disagreement among Americans across all of the lines you can imagine on the top priorities. Every group singled out jobs. Immigration was in the bottom tier for everyone.

    William A. Galston

  • Immigration Not a Priority for Most Americans

    Stella Rouse, University of Maryland: The one thing Americans agree on about immigration is that it's not really a priority. It's really low on the ladder of priorities. Jobs are the number one priority for most Americans.

  • Republicans Not Moving toward Immigration Reform

    Robert Costa, The Washington Post: There is no action on immigration reform in the Republican Party, but there is a fear it is on the horizon. Republican leaders feel the base might revolt against them.

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What Americans Want From Immigration Reform in 2014Over the last year, immigration reform policy has stalled in Congress, but many groups—including prominent religious groups—have continued to lobby for its passage. Has the lack of legislative action over the last year dampened support among Americans for immigration reform? How might changes in public opinion affect the prospect for immigration reform in Congress? And will the issue of immigration reform have any impact on the 2014 mid-term elections? 

On June 10, the religion, policy and politics project at Brookings co-hosted an event with Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) to explore the results of a new survey conducted by PRRI in partnership with Brookings. The new survey called back over 1,500 respondents from the landmark PRRI/Brookings 2013 survey on religion, values and immigration reform. The new survey assesses how opinions have changed over the past year, offering a rare window into how individual Americans’ views have shifted over time. Brookings Senior Fellows E.J. Dionne and William Galston, along with PRRI CEO Robert Jones, are discussed the survey results and implications.

Join the conversation on Twitter at #ImmSurvey.

Event Agenda

  • Presentation of Report

  • Presentation of Survey Results

  • Panelists

    • Robert Costa

      National Political Reporter

      The Washington Post

    • Stella M. Rouse

      Assistant Professor, Department of Government and Politics; Assistant Director, Center for American Politics and Citizenship

      University of Maryland


June 10, 2014

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW


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