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Texas Lyceum Polls Texans On Immigration, Voter I.D.

An annual independent poll finds that most Texans believe immigration helps more than it hurts. And most Texans, regardless of party affiliation, are not enthralled with the idea of building a wall, according to the tenth annual Texas Lyceum poll.

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The 287 (g) program enables the Harris County Sheriff’s Office to transfer custody of certain undocumented immigrants to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The non-profit Texas Lyceum is a non-partisan group that focuses on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders.

A part of their 10th Annual Poll was released today and another part will be released tomorrow.

Dave Shaw is with the group: “And we convene quarterly to discuss in a real civil discourse forum the pressing issues facing our state.”

One of those issues is immigration.

Dr. Josh Blank with UT Austin says results vary according to political affiliation and ethnicity.

“And what we found was that, you know, among Texas adults, 54 percent say that it helps more than it hurts. Having said that, 67 percent of Texas Republicans favor the idea of building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico border. But, you know, it’s opposed by 85 percent of Democrats, 73 percent of black respondents, 75 percent of Hispanic respondents”, Blank said.

The poll also looks at the Texas voter I.D. law. Blank says 74 percent of Texans think voters should have to present some type of I.D. when voting.

“You know, 81 percent of white, 64 percent of black and 70 percent of Hispanic respondents all agree that, you know, presenting an I.D. to vote is not a bad idea. Now, obviously we’re not getting into what form of I.D.”


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Poll results are being released in stages. On Thursday, The Texas Lyceum looks at the presidential election.