Voters In Key Texas Districts Want GOP Reps. Ted Poe And Blake Farenthold To Lead On Immigration

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New polls show positive signs for Texas GOP House members to finally join other Republicans in supporting immigration reform. At least, in two key Texas districts.

Recent polls conducted by Magellan Strategies, a Republican affiliated polling firm, show that a vast majority of likely voters in districts represented by Republican Reps. Ted Poe, (R-Humble), and Blake Farenthold, (R-Corpus Christi), support comprehensive immigration reform. The majority of voters in these districts responded saying they support legislation that includes a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Patty Kupfer, Managing Director of America's Voice, organization that sponsored the polls, believes both GOP House members should step up and represent their constituents accordingly.

“What are these guys so afraid of? Their constituents want it. Their party needs it. And our movement is ready to keep the heat up until they deliver it,” argued Kupfer.

“While some Republicans have stepped up to lead their party into the future, Farenthold and Poe have at best issued vague sound bites,” said Kupfer. “Either show us you can deliver by signing onto the House immigration bill or get to work on your own bills. The future of the Republican party is at stake.”

Read the polls' numbers below the jump.The results are being shared to the public by America's Voice.

Results for Rep. Ted Poe, District 02:

The polls conducted in Rep. Ted Poe's district show a strong support for immigration reform from likely voters in 2014.

79% of likely 2014 voters, including 76% of Republicans, support any legislation that is similar to HR 15 — immigration reform bill introduced by House Democrats. 45% of voters say they would have a more favorable opinion of Poe if he were to sponsor legislation that supports immigration, while 25% say it would not change their opinion either way. 57% of Republicans say they would have a more favorable view of Poe if he sponsors the House immigration bill. 72% of voters, and 83% of Republicans, said that they support the pathway to citizenship included in HR 15.

When voters were asked to choose between citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants or just immigrant youth (called DREAMers), 53% of voters prefer a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants. Roughly 28% of voters said they prefer a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers only.

Results for Rep. Blake Farenthold, Disctrict 27:

Polls conducted in Rep. Blake Farenthold's district also show a strong support from likely voters in 2014.

77% of likely 2014 voters, including 81% of Republicans, support any legislation that resembles HR 15. 38% of voters say they would have a more favorable opinion of Farenthold were he to sponsor legislation that supports immigration, while 28% say it would not change their opinion either way. 49% percent of Republicans say they would have a more favorable view of Farenthold if he sponsors the House immigration bill. 69% of voters, and 76% of Republicans, said that they support the pathway to citizenship included in HR 15.

When voters were asked to choose between a bill that includes a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants or a plan that provides legal status but not citizenship, 55% percent of voters said that they prefer a bill that includes a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants. Only 19% of voters said they prefer a plan with legal status only, without a real pathway to citizenship.

More information can be found under the following links.

Poll results in Poe's district:

- Texas CD02 Immigration Survey Topline Results.

- Texas CD02 Immigration Survey Crosstabs Results.

Poll results in Farenthold's district:

- Texas CD27 Immigration Survey Topline Results.

- Texas CD27 Immigration Survey Crosstabs Results.

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No more excuses for Poe and Farenthold. It is time that Texas, the second largest state most directly affected by immigration, steps up and leads the way to true comprehensive immigration reform.  

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Omar Araiza

Omar Araiza is a proud South Texas native, born and raised in the lower Rio Grande Valley. He writes extensively about immigration, the U.S.-Mexico border, Latino voters, and LGBT issues. He tweets from @AraizaTX.

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