A new poll shows that Americans are pretty sympathetic when it comes to the influx of young illegal immigrants from Central America.

More than two-thirds (69 percent) say these children should be treated with the protections of refugees rather than as illegal immigrants; 56 percent say their families are doing what they can to protect their children rather than taking advantage of Americans; and 70 percent say the children should be offered shelter and support, according to the Public Religion Research Institute poll. Just 26 percent of Americans say the children should be deported immediately.

But even as Americans view these illegal immigrant children in this positive light, something else has happened: Their overall views of immigrants have taken a turn for the worse.

via Sympathy for young illegal immigrants, suspicion for other immigrants – The Washington Post.