Not all tea party members are anti-immigration

Recommended by Bethan Owen

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, June 11 2014 4:17 p.m. MDT

Updated: Wednesday, June 11 2014 4:17 p.m. MDT

Immigration reform supporters crash the primary-night party of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., after he delivered a concession speech in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, June 10, 201, Cantor lost in the GOP primary to tea party candidate Dave Brat, who rode a wave of conservative anger over immigration.

Steve Helber, Associated Press

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In the wake of Rep. Eric Cantor’s unpredicted loss to tea party challenger Dave Brat, some pundits are asserting that Cantor’s stance on immigration wasn’t conservative enough for his voter base, according to Pew Research Center.

However, Pew found that the difference between the immigration views of a tea party Republican and a more mainstream Republican are not as different as they have been portrayed.

“Most Americans favor a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, though there are partisan and ideological differences over the issue,” wrote Pew's Michael Dimock. “Nationwide, 76 percent say people currently in the country illegally should be eligible for citizenship if they meet certain requirements, and just 23 percent disagree. Among Republicans, that majority slips to 66 percent vs. 32 percent. And narrowing further to Republicans who agree with the Tea Party still finds a 59 percent majority in favor of a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and 39 percent opposed.”

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Bethan Owen is a writer for the Deseret News Moneywise and Opinion sections. Twitter: BethanO2

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