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Feb 22, 2013 1:42 PM by Associated Press

Californians overwhelmingly support allowing illegal immigrants to stay

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A new poll finds that nine in 10 California voters support allowing illegal immigrants who have been in the country for several years to stay and become citizens if they have a job, learn English and pay any back taxes they may owe.

The Field Poll released Friday finds a majority of voters also support allowing residents here illegally to get California driver's licenses. Voters, however, still back strong border enforcement and penalties for employers who hire illegal workers.

Three-quarters of those surveyed said they supported adding more visas for immigrants with advanced degrees, creating temporary worker programs and allowing illegal immigrant students to pay in-state tuition rates.

Field interviewed 834 registered voters by telephone from Feb. 5-17. The poll has a sampling margin error rate of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

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