Poll: Immigration concerns rise with tide of kids

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Updated: 7/29 1:18 pm

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds two-thirds of Americans now say illegal immigration is a serious problem for the country, a figure that's up 14 points since May.

Fifty-one percent of Americans support changing U.S. law so that all children apprehended when entering the country illegally are treated the same as those from Mexico or Canada, who can be sent back to their home countries by Border Patrol agents without going through a deportation hearing.

More than 57,000 unaccompanied immigrant children have entered the U.S. illegally since October, drawing the nation's attention back to immigration.

Attempts last year and earlier this year to pass comprehensive immigration reform foundered. But a majority of Americans still say they support a path to citizenship for those already living in the U.S. illegally.

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