Nearly half of Americans now consider illegal immigration a ‘very big problem,’ poll shows

With President Joe Biden at the helm, an increasing number of Americans are worried about illegal immigration — and the concern extends across party lines.

According to a new poll from Pew Research Center, nearly half of Americans surveyed — a full 48% — now consider illegal immigration to be a “very big problem.”

The figure marks a dramatic shift since last June, when just 28% of Pew’s respondents felt the same under Donald Trump’s presidency.

Crunching the numbers

The nearly half of Americans who now see illegal immigration as a “very big problem” includes nearly three-quarters of self-identified Republicans, or 72% — a 29-point increase since last June.

Of course, a change wasn’t just seen among those on the right side of the political aisle.

Among Democrats, 29% told Pew researchers that they feel illegal migration is a “very big problem,” 14 points higher than the 15% who said the same in June 2020.

The latest poll, conducted between April 5–11, 2021, surveyed 5,109 American adults, Pew said. The results follow news of more than 171,000 migrants crossing the nation’s southern border in March, the highest number in a single month since George W. Bush’s presidency, according to reports.

In addition, more than 20,000 unaccompanied minors are currently in federal custody, The New York Times reports, and nearly 19,000 crossed into the U.S. last month — a record-breaking number.

Biden to blame?

The Department of Homeland Security now estimates that between 500,000 and 800,000 migrants will arrive in family units by the end of 2021 — an unfathomable figure, especially considering the current situation at the border.

Many Republicans have taken to blaming Biden and his policies for the crisis; in his first week in office, the president halted the construction of a wall at the southern border and put on a pause on deportations, reports noted.

Since then, Biden has also reinstated the Obama-era “catch and release” policy, which allows undocumented migrants seeking asylum to remain in the U.S. while their claims are processed, a change from the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” rule.

Despite increased concerns with regard to illegal immigration, President Biden’s approval rating has remained relatively strong. In Pew’s latest poll, 59% of Americans said they felt Biden was handling the presidency well. Thirty-nine percent disagreed.

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  2. Biden deserve an F for failing as a President of the United States, and A for being a clown, and not a funny clown more like a stupid one.

  3. Michael Saunders, U.S. Army S.F. veteran of the Vietnam war and 23 years in law enforcement says:

    All of the American people of this country should demand Biden be impeached and “NOW” Biden is no good for our country and never will be and nether is Harris.

  4. as privileged elites the entire Biden administration has NO idea about how the rest of us are living, nor do they care. This situation needs to be remedied sooner rather than later. The immigration must stop.

  5. it is more than 50% and there is a lot of DrmocRAT Politicians that know if there up for re-election it is going to be a disaster for them if it is an honest election!

  6. The biden administration will go down in American history as the most anti American presidency since it’s inception bar none and that includes those that were thought to be really bad for America like carter and barak obama.

  7. Joe’s vote for me and I will give it to you for free only works on idiots. Someone has to pay, but don’t worry about it because he will get the other guy to pay. Look in the mirror and you will see the other guy you idiot.

  8. Too many Americans do not know that Biden sold out America to the CCP when VP under Obama. He was the Big Guy and Hunter made sure he got 10% in their scams. Or about Joe’s Quid Pro Quo with our Enemies and how Wealthy The Biden Crime Family is. Time for all the Come out.

  9. I find it difficult to believe that so many people agree with his policies regarding the border. If that many do they should all have their heads and principles examined. Maybe they’ll care when it finally hits their pocketbooks by way of higher taxes, food and gas prices. These will continue to increase daily. Too bad they will see the error of their decisions over the next three years. And too bad that those who knew better will suffer too.

  10. Yes, immigration is a problem and has caused enough problems already. Another issue that rubs me, and people I know, is the wild spending that the Democrat leaders are pushing. It is craziness!

  11. America did not turn on Biden, he turned on America by breaking all of his campaign promises and opening up our borders and creating the crisis that we are facing now , thanks to his America Last policies, our country is being destroyed more every day.

  12. I strongly suggest that at least 25,000 of the next illegal immigrants be immediately sent to DC and Delaware vis free airfare

  13. By the way 50% of Americans dont agree with Biden! The media lies all the time constantly about everything especially Congress!!

  14. Bus all the immigrants to the homes of all the Democrat politicians. Then we see how much they like the Immigration problem when it effects them 24/7. These Politicians are giving the immigrants housing and so much money. But, we are not taking care of tax paying American citizens. Most of all sour homeless Veterans. Who have served and sacrificed for this great country!

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