New polling shows a majority of Democratic voters are in favor of increasing border security as long as building a new wall isn’t part of the plan.
A poll was released on June 16 by Fox News that reported 56 percent of Hillary Clinton supporters were in favor of increasing spending on border security measures and 53 percent were in favor of increasing the number of border patrol agents at the U.S. southern border, according to the Washington Examiner.
However, when it comes to funding building more of the border wall with Mexico, nearly 90 percent opposed such measures.
In fact, they would rather fund improving living conditions in Central American countries to stem the flow of migrants to the United States.
On the other hand, building a wall at the southern border is still wildly popular among Trump voters. More than 80 percent want the wall to continue to be built. And surprisingly, almost 60 percent of Trump voters want DACA recipients under 30 years old to stay in the United States, after passing a background check.
There seems to be a split as to what Trump supporters think of immigration policies being enforced. Thirty-eight percent are satisfied with the current administration’s immigration enforcement policies, while 48 percent think the administration has not done enough to stem the influx of migrants into the country.
President Donald J. Trump has long said many of the issues with the U.S. immigration system could end quickly if “Democrats could stop stonewalling over immigration and solve the issue with just a quick meeting,” he told ABC News reporter George Stephanopoulos, at the White House. The interview aired on June 14.
Stephanopoulos asked the president what the hardest part of his job is.
The president told him the hardest part is “usually Congress. I find Congress more difficult, frankly than many of the foreign leaders.”
“Because they have their own views, you never know exactly, but they have their own views,” the president said. To which Stephanopoulos responded, “But that’s democracy isn’t it?”
“Yeah, I guess it is, but—and I play the game, but sometimes it’s too much of a game. There’s so many things, like the border. The border should be done, George,” President Trump said. “The Democrats should come in and 15 minutes to an hour we can have it all solved. It’s so simple,” he added.
Stephanopoulos replied, “But that would mean you would have to give some stuff as well.”
“The things that we’re talking about you shouldn’t have to give,” said the president. “It’s so—there are three and four loopholes, you solve those loopholes, you no longer have a problem at the border. They should want to do it. But they don’t want to do it because of political reasons.”
Promise to up deportations
Yet, despite the need for congressional cooperation, President Trump pledged on June 17 to begin deporting millions of undocumented immigrants who have entered the United States illegally.
“Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people…….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2019