Poll: Nearly two-thirds prefer a path to legal status for illegals than deportation

Americans disagree with President Donald Trump’s immigration priorities, according to a new CNN/ORC poll, with nearly two-thirds of Americans saying they’d like to see a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants rather than deportations.

Trump has made tough border security and strict enforcement of US immigration laws a focal point of his campaign and presidency — using some of his first executive orders to pave the way for far more deportations and detentions as well as ordering the construction of a Southern border wall.

But a CNN/ORC poll released Friday finds that the public is actually moving in the opposite direction since Trump has won election.

Americans are more likely to say that the nation’s top immigration priority should be to allow those in the US illegally to gain legal status — and six in 10 say they are more concerned that deportation efforts will be overzealous than they are that dangerous criminals will be overlooked.