A sizable majority of Americans want to see increased border security as an important immigration policy goal, with 6-in-11 people expecting the government would deport more illegal aliens.
The latest survey by Pew Research Center finds that 68% of Americans said it is very or somewhat important to increase security along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Regarding the importance of increasing deportations of illegal aliens, 54% said this is a very or somewhat important goal.
According to the survey, 73% of Americans agreed to take in refugees escaping war and violence, and 64% said it is very or somewhat important to establish a way for most immigrants in the United States illegally to remain here legally.
The survey, conducted Sept. 3 to 15, comes as the Supreme Court evaluates the Trump administration’s decision to end a program that has protected from deportation nearly 800,000 illegal aliens who arrived in the United States as children.
In the fiscal year that ended in September, the number of migrant apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border reached its highest level since 2007. At the same time, the number of refugees being resettled into the United States is at its lowest point in nearly four decades, with further cuts expected in the current fiscal year.
The findings would support the Trump administration’s scheme to enhance border security.
According to Breitbart News, the administration has constructed nearly 80 miles thus far of border wall along the southern border, and officials have said hundreds of miles of construction are on its way.