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Democrats are pushing for quick action because they believe they have political momentum after last year’s elections, which saw Hispanic voters deliver an overwhelming share of votes to Mr. Obama’s re-election bid.

And many Republican leaders say they want to see action this year, arguing the GOP needs to take this issue off the table.

But new polling Wednesday found that rank-and-file GOP voters don’t support those plans.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll found that overall, 57 percent of Americans surveyed supported granting some sort of path to citizenship to illegal immigrants. But among Republicans, 60 percent rejected that idea.

The poll also found 80 percent of Americans support stricter border enforcement.