A new survey found that just 7 percent of Americans don’t think that illegal immigration is a problem following a summer of immigration crises, caravans at our border, and images of migrants rushing Border Patrol agents in an attempt to storm the country.
A wide-ranging Economist/YouGov survey analyzed the level of concern Americans have on the issue, finding that a fraction of respondents believe illegal immigration is “not a problem.”
“Amid non-stop news coverage of the President Trump’s battle to fund a border wall and the Central American caravan, the poll suggests that public worry is pronounced — almost two-thirds say illegal immigration is a serious problem, with some predictable partisan divides,” the paper noted.
Among the survey’s results:
— 40 percent of Americans overall say illegal immigration in the U.S. is a “very serious problem”; 73 percent of Republicans, 38 percent of independents and 15 percent of Democrats agree with that
— 22 percent overall say illegal immigration is a “somewhat serious problem;” 19 percent of Republicans, 21 percent of independents and 26 percent of Democrats agree
— 24 percent overall say illegal immigration is a “minor problem”; 5 percent of Republicans, 23 percent of independents and 42 percent of Democrats agree.
Meanwhile, Democratic leaders in the House and Senate refuse to even compromise with POTUS Donald Trump’s request for border wall funding, keeping several federal agencies — including Homeland Security, which oversees ICE and the Border Patrol — unfunded and their employees unpaid.
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