Dr. Melissa Deckman is a Professor of Political Science at Washington College and a PRRI Affiliated Scholar. Her research interests center on the intersection of religion, women, and politics. She has written in the past about the Christian Right’s participation in school board politics. Her most recent work is as co-editor and contributor to Curriculum and the Culture Wars: Debating the Bible’s Place in Public Schools. PRRI sat down with Dr. Deckman to discuss the significance of the book.
This week’s graphic, using data from PRRI’s Religion, Values, and Immigration Reform Survey, illustrates the overall consensus among Americans on how the immigration system should deal with illegal immigrants, which crosses party lines. Majorities of Democrats (71%), independents (64%), and Republicans (53%) all agree that illegal immigrants should be permitted to become citizens provided they meet certain requirements. Members of the Tea Party stand out as the only political group in which a majority do not favor an earned path to citizenship.