Most Americans disapprove of Joe Biden on immigration, border crisis

7th April 2021

7th April 2021

A majority of Americans disapprove of president Joe Biden’s immigration policies and handling of the US-Mexico border crisis. 

According to an Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, 56 percent of people disapprove of Biden's stance on immigration, with 55 percent unhappy on the current border situation—the two worst readings of the issues included.

The influx of migrants crossing the nation's southern border with Mexico has jumped since Biden's inauguration on January 20. The Republicans have repeatedly slammed the president on the issue, blaming him for what the White House refuses to call a "crisis."

According to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) figures, the illegal crossings rose to over 100,000 in February. “The highest February that we had seen in 20 years,”informed Chad Wolf, the former acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. 

The number of unaccompanied children crossing the border reached more than 18,500 in March, 60 percent higher than the previous record of 11,494 in May 2019 and Biden has tried to seize political momentum on the issue by promising a more humane and orderly system. 

The poll has also revealed that 65 percent of respondents consider reuniting parents and children who were separated at the border to be a high priority for the government, with a further 26 percent considering it a moderate priority.

Biden also has negative approval ratings with 50% on dealing with the federal budget and 52% on gun policy.

 

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