Despite the Senate "gang of eight's" fast-moving immigration bill – which is slated to hit the Senate floor in June – an overwhelming majority of Americans are doubtful Congress can get the job done.
According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Friday, more than 70 percent of Americans – 78 percent of Republicans, 61 percent of Democrats – don't believe the country will get the immigration overhaul lawmakers have promised.
Since the 2012 election, Republicans have climbed on board the reform effort in part to help secure minority votes, and Democrats have jumped at the chance to give President Barack Obama a legislative victory.
"There isn't a lot of confidence outside the Beltway in the ability of those in Congress to play nice and be productive," said Peter Brown, the assistant director of polling at Quinnipiac University.
The poll also found that despite many senate Republicans and Democrats agreeing to give the 11 million immigrants who entered the country illegally a shot at citizenship, only 54 percent believe that is the right approach.
More than 10 percent believe that the immigrants who crossed the border illegally should be allowed to stay and become legal residents, but not citizens. And a surprising 30 percent support deporting immigrants back to their countries of origin.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have said deportation is too harsh and would place a huge financial strain on the country's law enforcement agencies.
Even in the House, where a bipartisan group of lawmakers is struggling to find common ground on issues like whether to give immigrants who entered the country illegally health care benefits, they have agreed on a tentative deal to give some immigrants a 15-year path to citizenship.
Since the Boston bombings – which were allegedly masterminded by two recent immigrants from the Caucasus – the number of Americans who support an eventual path to citizenship for those who entered the country illegally has dropped 5 percent.