Canadians split on offering entry to U.S. ‘Dreamers’

April 18, 2018

While most Canadians (64%) say U.S. President Donald Trump was wrong to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program—the Obama-era legislation that allowed roughly 800,000 illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children to remain in that country legally—that doesn’t mean they would invite DACA recipients to move to Canada, based on findings of a poll by the Angus Reid Institute released on April 9.

Just a little over one-third (38%) of Canadians say that their nation should offer DACA recipients the opportunity to emigrate there, while 34% say Canada should offer no such opportunity. The rest (28%) are unsure.

Canadians’ views on this question vary significantly depending on their familiarity with the DACA program, their age, and their political leanings. The youngest Canadian adults— those between the ages of 18 and 24—are among those who are most enthusiastic about the prospect of Canada welcoming DACA recipients; while those ages 25 and older are more divided

Those who voted for the Liberal or New Democratic parties in 2015 largely support inviting DACA recipients to come to Canada, while most of those who supported the Conservative Party say Canada should not offer such an opportunity

Overall, awareness of this issue in Canada is relatively low, with one-in-four (24%) saying they haven’t seen or heard anything about it, and another 29% “just scanning the headlines”

Research contact: shachi.kurl@angusreid.org

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