Public News Service: New NY Data: A “Tipping Point” in Senate Immigration Debate?

New NY Data: A “Tipping Point” in Senate Immigration Debate?

June 12, 2013 [Original article here]

NEW YORK - A new poll is expected to show major local support for comprehensive immigration reform. The full numbers are being released today, and local advocates say they will paint a big picture that's clear.

Daniel Altschuler, coordinator for the Long Island Civic Engagement Table, said he can't comment on the precise numbers until the survey is released, but that the headline is already written and there's overwhelming support for immigration reform across Long Island.

"This is a critical moment for immigration reform, as it is being debated on the full floor of the Senate," he said. "We are excited to be releasing data demonstrating strong public support for comprehensive reform legislation, including a path to citizenship."

A wide-ranging group of immigration-reform supporters is releasing the poll results, including farming groups, labor unions, church and political leaders as well as immigrant organizations.

Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, executive director of Long Island Wins, said her immigrants' advocacy group has been getting a strong read on what locals are thinking through a variety of outreach efforts, including Facebook, Twitter and other social media. They sensed a major shift in favor of reforming what she said most people believe to be a broken immigration system.

"We felt that the time was right to really test the waters on how they were feeling about immigration reform," she said, "because we sensed that the tide was turning - and we wanted to be able to support that with data."

Slutsky said the poll also will show significant Long Island support for including same-sex couples in immigration-reform efforts.

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