By Li Hai
More Americans disapprove of President Joe Biden’s handling of the border security and the influx of unaccompanied children as illegal immigrants at the southern border reach record highs.
According to a new poll conducted by the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, while Biden has an overall approval rating of 61 percent, 55 percent of Americans disapprove of his handling of border security 56 percent disapprove of his immigration policies.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) figures show that illegal crossings rose to over 100,000 in February. “The highest February that we had seen in 20 years,” former acting Secretary of Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf told The Epoch Times.
More than 150,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended at the southern border in March and another 30,000 evaded capture, according to former Commissioner Mark Morgan, who has received provisional CBP numbers from internal sources.
As to Biden’s handling of unaccompanied children apprehended at the southern border, only 24 percent of Americans approve his performance, 40 percent don’t approve, and another 35 percent of Americans neither approve nor disapprove.
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, according to CBP data obtained by NBC News.
The Biden administration claims it’s more “humane” to keep the children in the United States. Republicans criticize the policy, accompanied by the rollback of other Trump-era policies, for causing the sharp increase of unaccompanied children at the border.
The poll also showed that 65 percent of Americans think the Biden administration should give high priority to “reuniting parents and children who were separated at the border.” Twenty-six percent think it’s a moderate priority.
Fifty-nine percent of Americans think “providing safe treatment of unaccompanied minors at the border” should be a high priority for the federal government.
Currently, border facilities are being overwhelmed by the surge of illegal immigrants. Last week, over 4,100 illegal immigrants, more than 3,400 of them unaccompanied children, were crowded in a border facility intended for 250 people in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. The Biden administration opened two more emergency holding facilities in Texas on Monday to temporarily house unaccompanied minors.
Biden also has negative approval ratings on gun policy and the federal budget deficit. The disapproval ratings are 52 percent and 50 percent, respectively.
The poll showed significant differences across party lines in Biden’s approval ratings.
For example, among the 61 percent of Americans who generally approve Biden’s job as president, 96 percent are Democrats and 58 percent are Independents, compared to only 22 percent of Republicans.
As to border security, only 14 percent of Republicans and 34 percent of Independents approve of Biden’s work, compared to 74 percent of Democrats.
The poll of 1,166 adults was conducted between March 26 and 29. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.
The Associated Press and Tom Ozimek contributed to this report.
Affiliate News Feeds
- Washington Examiner
- The Federalist
- The Epoch Times
- The Guardian
- The Gateway Pundit
- Judicial Watch
By Hans Mahncke News Analysis Late on Dec. 2, Elon Musk started the process of releasing thousands of internal Twitter emails. Musk, whose purchase of Twitter was completed on Oct. 28, had previously announced… [...]
By Naveen Athrappully France is banning short-haul domestic flights when there is a regular and frequent train option that takes less than two and a half hours, after a 2021 climate law, No… [...]
By Katabella Roberts House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) vowed on Sunday that the fiscal 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will not move forward unless the military’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate ends. Speaking on Fox Business Network’s “Sunday… [...]
California lawmakers are once again poised to introduce legislation to tax Big Oil despite public backlash over a similar move earlier this year. [...]
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in a case about whether a custom webpage designer who disagrees with LGBT marriage can refuse to create a website for a same-sex… [...]
President Joe Biden is considering the idea of removing the COVID-19 vaccination mandate for U.S. service members, though he backs Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s continued support for the measure. [...]
Even corrupt corporate media are willing to acknowledge the risk of nuclear war is 'now a daily issue for the Biden administration.' [...]
A legal rep for the Loudoun County School Board engaged in witness tampering during an investigation into an alleged sexual assault. [...]
The attack on Lorie Smith is both authoritarian and unconstitutional. [...]
A recently discovered filing in a court case relating to Big Tech censorship revealed that the office of Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs coordinated with Twitter to censor election… [...]
The Biden administration has claims it drained the heavily depleted U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) in order to save the “global economy.” The White House’s International Energy Affairs adviser, Amos… [...]
To some, it’s an arcane discussion among constitutional scholars that reads like cement. To others, it’s a brazen grab for “runaway legislative power” by state lawmakers who say the U.S.… [...]
Labour-endorsed study finds initiative would save families thousands of pounds, cut benefits spending and raise tax revenuesFree universal preschool childcare and more funding for after-school clubs could increase government revenues… [...]
Union recommends members reject latest offer and adds 24-27 December strike but drops overtime ban Hopes of a deal to avert severe Christmas rail disruption were dashed on Monday night… [...]
PM caves in as up to 100 Tory MPs threaten to rebel, leading Labour to accuse him of putting party before countryRishi Sunak is to drop compulsory housebuilding targets to… [...]
Senator-elect Eric Schmitt, and current Missouri Attorney General, joined Sean Hannity on Monday night to discuss the federal government’s collusion with Democrat politicians to silence their conservative opposition. Currently, Missouri… [...]
It has been three weeks since four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death in a shared house near the campus and police still have not identified a suspect.… [...]
Kari Lake told Tucker Carlson on Monday night following the 2020 Arizona midterm election for governor that was awarded to Katie Hobbs. Previously, Tucker Carlson told Kari Lake that the… [...]