Washington (Associated Press)-How President Joe Biden is dealing with the growing number of unaccompanied migrant children arriving at the US-Mexico border. Americans are more disapproving than AmericanAnd agree with his efforts in greater immigration policy Other major issues are missing-suggesting that this may be the weak link of the new government.
A new poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Public Affairs Research Center It also shows that solving the problem of young people in border areas is the highest priority for Americans in immigration: 59% said that providing safe treatment when unaccompanied children is arrested should be a top priority, while 65% said Willing to reunite with homeless children on the border.
Former President Donald Trump established the presidency with a tough policy of expanding and strengthening the border wall, Making it more difficult for people fleeing drug violence and other desperate situations in Mexico and Central America to seek U.S. asylum And scattered immigrant families.
Biden tried to seize the political momentum of this issue by promising to build a more humane and orderly system, But his government has been trying to cope with the increasing number of immigrants to the border, especially unaccompanied children.
Overall, 40% of Americans disagree with Biden’s treatment of children who have no parents who reach the southern border of the country, while only 24% of Americans disagree. Thirty-five percent of people have no opinion.
“I got it. They are seeking asylum. “But bringing these children is not good for the children and not good for the family. I don’t know how that will solve the problem. “
Biden said in a recent press conference “We are repatriating the vast majority of families that are coming.” But his efforts on this issue go beyond unaccompanied minors.
Only 42% of Americans said they approve of how the president handles immigration in general, while a similar proportion (44%) said they approve of how the president handles border security. Both are significantly lower than 61% of Americans, who say they approve of how Biden handles his overall work, and on other issues (including his response to the coronavirus pandemic) did not meet the president’s evaluation. And economic management.
Although the White House has approved the most ambitious reform of the nation’s immigration system in a generation, the gap still exists On Biden’s first day in office. However, this has stalled in Congress, and Republicans and even some senior Democrats have said that passing will be difficult.
The plan will provide about 11 million people with an eight-year path to illegally obtain U.S. citizenship, but opinion polls show that doing so is not a high priority for the public. Overall, only 29% of Americans, including 42% of Democrats and 14% of Republicans, regard illegal possession of a legal identity as a top priority for the people of the country.
In addition, only one-third of Americans said that allowing refugees to enter the United States or expanding the “guest worker” program should be a top priority.
The gap between Biden’s overall approval rating and his handling of immigration crosses the boundaries of political parties. Overall, 74% of Democrats and 10% of Republicans approve of Biden’s handling of immigration, while 96% of Democrats and 22% of Republicans approve.
There are also differences between races and ethnic groups. Overall, 92% of black Americans, 67% of Hispanics and 52% of white Americans said they approve of how Biden handles his work. When it comes to immigration, 74% of black Americans agree, but only 50% of Hispanics and 34% of white Americans agree.
Jack Henes, a Sebastian retiree in Florida, said that Biden did not deal with immigration and other pressing issues, but described what happened at the southern border of the United States as an “administrative nightmare.”
While waiting for larger legislative proposals, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed smaller reforms, and the Senate faces an uncertain future with a 50-50 ratio.Biden has also taken administrative measures Attempts to cancel many of the Trump administration’s immigration policies but have been criticized The operation cannot be performed fast enough.
Others felt that he had gone too far.
Matthew Behrs, a supporter of Trump in Wisconsin, said: “My concern is that President Biden makes the world feel like it can come in.”
Opinion polls show that many Americans rank some of the main goals of the Democratic proposal as medium priority rather than high priority. This shows that Biden lacks a clear authorization to solve the problem in the best way, which may harm his status. The influence of Congress.
Many people want to see efforts to strengthen law enforcement become part of the conversation: for 53% of people, improving border security is a top priority. About 47% of Americans also said that the federal government should formulate enhanced policies to prevent immigrants from overstaying visas, which is a top priority.
Few people, or about one-third, believe that punishing companies that illegally hire immigrants living in the United States and expel immigrants living in the United States illegally should be a priority.
The poll also found that Americans are more likely to approve of providing legal residence for children who enter the country illegally than their opponents. This percentage is between 53% and 24%, and 22% of them said that they neither agree nor disagree. Opposed. However, only 41% of people listed the expansion of legal protection to so-called “Dreamers” as a priority.Plans approved by the House of Representatives But waiting for the Senate to act is just to do this.
Biden has now appointed Vice President Kamala Harris (Kamala Harris) to work with Central American countries to address the root causes of illegal immigration. The retiree Henes suggested that Biden turn the question to Harris as a way to buy time for himself-but it didn’t help.
Hannis said: “They are still in a state of chaos.” “They are not ready to play a scene.”
From March 26th to 29th, AP-NORC conducted a poll of 1,166 adults, using samples from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak panel, which is designed to represent the American population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents was plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.