Multiple recent polls have revealed Americans view President Joe Biden’s policies as the reason for the growing immigration crisis along the nation’s southern border.
According to The Washington Times, “In an Economist/YouGov poll taken in late June, just 16% sided with Mr. Biden in rejecting the ‘crisis’ label, including just 27% of self-identified Democrats.”
The report added, “And of those who called the situation a crisis, a strong majority saw it as an immigration, security or crime crisis, rejecting the Biden administration’s attempt to portray it as a humanitarian situation.”
A Very Serious Problem
A second poll from Harvard CAPS-Harris conducted in June that, “Eighty-one percent of respondents considered immigration to be a ‘serious’ problem, with 43 percent opining that it was a ‘very serious’ one.”
The report added, “In fact, 55 percent of respondents believe that the president should have left in place former President Trump’s policies making it more difficult for migrants to enter the United States, as opposed to undoing them by executive order.”
The report also noted the ratings came despite most Americans not realizing how serious the immigration crisis has become.
“When polled, however, 71 percent of respondents underestimated monthly apprehensions by more than 70,000: 21 percent said that there had been fewer than 10,000 per month; 31 percent that there were between 10,000 and 50,000, and 19 percent estimated that the actual monthly flow was in the vicinity of 50,000 to 100,000,” the report noted.
“Just 7 percent of those polled correctly responded by stating that apprehensions were running at 150,000 to 200,000 per month, with 13 percent stating that the monthly total was 100,000 to 150,000, and 8 percent of hard-core pessimists offering a figure of 200,000 and above,” it added.
Biden’s Policy Changes
During his first week in office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to end construction of Trump’s border wall.
In addition, he signed another executive order ending most deportations for the first 100 days of his presidency.
Since then, the Biden administration has reinstated the Obama era catch and release policy that allows apprehended illegal immigrants to be released in America to await a hearing. The administration has also ended Trump’s remain in Mexico policy that allowed illegal immigrants to remain in Mexico while awaiting an asylum hearing.
The changes have led to widespread concern at the growing number of illegal immigrants crossing the nation’s southern border. Those concerned include voters from both parties, revealing the need for the Biden administration to act quickly.