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      No Easy Road to Citizenship

      During the recent State of the Union Address, President Obama once again challenged Congress to institute comprehensive immigration reform. Reform the President considers ground breaking.

      "When people come here to fulfill their dreams - to study, invent, and contribute to our culture - they make our country a more attractive place for businesses to locate and create jobs for everyone. So let's get immigration reform done this year. Let's get it done."

      According to most national polls, opinions differ by age on how to approach immigration reform. Only 47 percent of senior citizens are in favor of automatic citizenship for illegal immigrants currently living in the United States. Most polls show 70 percent of young adults, ages 18 to 29, believe various pathways to citizenship should be available to those immigrants. However, the same percentage might not be as high in the

      Texas Panhandle.

      "I don't think they should be citizens," said Megan Whitten. "I think any illegal immigrant should have to go through the same process as everyone else to become a citizen."

      "Only the kids of illegal immigrants should have an easier pathway," said Hunter Hawkins. "If the U.S. is all they've ever known, I think they should have an easy route to citizenship."

      Of ten young adults interviewed as part of this week's installment of Say What!, only two were in favor of automatic citizenship for illegal immigrants currently living in the United States.

      Say What! is aired weekly on Pronews 7 and Daybreak.