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Mr. Beck said the poll shows why.

“They felt like if they passed the Dream Act they would lose the cover for the entire amnesty,” he said.

Asked specifically what should happen to the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the country, a plurality wanted to see some deportations but didn’t believe mass deportations are practical.

The NumbersUSA poll was conducted Feb. 11-12 by Pulse Opinion Research. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.