Washington, D.C. – The border crisis isn’t being ignored by the American people. They are playing careful attention and a new Gallup poll shows Americans see immigration as a primary issue as we head into the mid-term election season.
One is six Americans see immigration as one of their top concerns according to results of a new Gallup poll released Wednesday. That represents a six-fold increase since last month when other issues such as the economy, unemployment and frustration with the federal government were of greater concern.
According to the poll, 17 percent of respondents believe immigration was an important issue compared to 5 percent who said immigration was their primary concern in June. That represents the highest increase since 2008, when discussion about immigration reform dominated the national conversation.
While the media and lawmakers have honed in on immigration as serious issue, the American public has been more concerned with the other issues like the economy, unemployment and discontent with the federal government.
The poll also found that Americans have no confidence in lawmakers on both sides of the political spectrum to solve the growing crisis at the border and other important concerns. Lack of confidence both parties was almost equally divided with 35 percent of respondents stating that neither Democrats nor Republicans can adequately deal with the issue.
A Washington Post-ABC News also from this week showed that the majority of Americans, 58 percent, felt President Obama has not satisfactorily dealt with the border crisis. That’s bad news for the President, but he may find some solace in knowing that Americans have even less confidence in Congressional Republicans, with 66 percent of respondents stating they disapproved of how they are handling the immigration crisis, the Los Angeles Times reported.
So far, approximately 57,000 minor children, and thousands of women, who attempted to enter the country illegally have been apprehended and detained at the Southern Border. Many are begin housed in temporary shelters and shipped off to other states from processing.
What to do with these immigrants is a matter of national debate. Conservatives believe these women and children should be immediately deported. Fifty-six of respondents to a Pew Poll said deportations of Central American children should be fast-tracked.
Democrats, however believe each one of these undocumented immigrant children should be given the opportunity to obtain immigration attorneys to determine if they are eligible for deportation relief. They have also called for money to provide legal counsel to these children.
The Obama administration has decided to approach the crisis from both angles. Earlier this week, the first of a wave of deportations of these immigrant women and children began and the Department of Homeland Security assures there will be more deportations coming. The Obama administration is also allowing some of these minor immigrants to be released to U.S.-based family members until they can be adjudicated in immigration court.
There are many tracks of deportation relief for undocumented immigrants, but they may be unaware of the relief available to them unless they consult with an immigration attorney.t