WASHINGTON – More than six in 10 Americans now favor allowing illegal immigrants to eventually become U.S. citizens, a major increase in support driven by a turnaround in Republicans’ opinions after the 2012 elections.
The finding, in a new Associated Press-GfK poll, comes as the Republican Party seeks to increase its meager support among Latino voters.
Sixty-two percent of Americans now favor providing a way for illegal immigrants in the U.S. to become citizens, an increase from just 50 percent in the summer of 2010, the last time the AP polled on the question.
A majority in the GOP – 53 percent – now favor the change, up a striking 22 percentage points from 2010. Seventy-two percent of Democrats and 55 percent of independents like the idea, similar to 2010.
Shooting kills none on Texas campus
A fight between two people erupted in gunfire at a Houston-area community college, catching a maintenance man in the crossfire and leaving students and others cowering in classrooms. No one was killed on the Lone Star College campus.
Authorities offered no details about what led to the fight. One of the people involved had a student ID, and both people were wounded and hospitalized, Harris County Sheriff’s Maj. Armando Tello said.
Vegas family dead in murder-suicide
A Las Vegas police lieutenant, his wife and son are dead after an apparent double murder, suicide and arson at their home, authorities said.
Police spokesman Keith Paul said a man called 911 at about 8:20 a.m. Monday and told a dispatcher he killed his wife and child, set his house in nearby Boulder City, Nev., afire and would shoot anyone who approached.
Honor sought for bombing victims
Nearly 50 years ago, white supremacists planted a bomb in a Birmingham, Ala., church that killed four young girls preparing to worship, an act of terror that shocked the nation and propelled Congress to pass that historic 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Lawmakers now want to honor those victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing – Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley, all 14 when they were killed, and Denise McNair, who was 11 – with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor Congress can bestow.
Tax filers to find fiscal cliff relief
Taxpayers preparing to file their 2012 returns can breathe a collective sigh of relief.
The alternative minimum tax has been patched – permanently – and several tax credits and deductions that technically expired at the end of 2011 were extended as part of the fiscal cliff legislation that Congress passed and President Obama signed into law this month.
The extenders will be back on people’s tax returns, making their 2012 refunds larger than they would have been, said Mark Steber, chief tax officer with Jackson Hewitt Tax Services.
Russia evacuating citizens from Syria
Key Syrian ally Russia began evacuating its citizens from the country Tuesday as the civil war gathered momentum in the capital Damascus with intense fighting around the international airport.
The evacuation was the strongest sign yet of Moscow’s waning confidence in the ability of its ally, President Bashar Assad, to hold onto power.
The U.N. chief said Tuesday that a diplomatic conclusion to the war seems unlikely.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the Russian evacuations indicate the continued deterioration of the security situation and the violence that Assad is leading against his own people.