A new Washington Post/ABC News poll has found that a majority of Americans disapprove of the job President Biden is doing on immigration — as illegal border crossings smash records month over month thus creating an unprecedented crisis.
The survey on June 30 shows that 51% of respondents are unsatisfied with the president’s handling of the border crisis while 33% give him a thumbs up. The US Customs and Border Protection agency, reports that, in May more than 180,000 people were intercepted at the border. Most of those migrants were single adults. According to Customs and Border Protection, immigration across the US-Mexico border is at its highest in 20 years.
President Biden has reversed many policies put by former President Trump, including constructing The Wall on the border. In April, a border official slammed that decision, telling Fox News, “The project is three-quarters done. At least, they should be allowed to tie together the primary fence. Otherwise, we’re trying to catch these people in the worst possible place. It’s just sucking our manpower.”
The Biden administration has made Vice President Kamala Harris the point person on the border crisis, a role later clarified as focusing on “root causes” of migration. After a weeks-long controversy over Harris not visiting the border, the vice president finally visited the border in El Paso, Texas. This latest poll, conducted entirely after that visit took place, shows the visit did little to lift public opinion on the administration’s approach to illegal immigration.
According to GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbot, “Things have changed so quickly and so dramatically under the Biden administration. It’s been amazing and disastrous.” The poll found that Biden’s overall approval stood at 50%, 2 points down from an April survey, while disapproval held steady at 42%. The border has become the most significant drag on the Biden administration, nearly six months into its term. A Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll last month found that a whopping 74% of registered voters believe the border is a crisis that must be addressed immediately.
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