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New poll shows border woes dent Biden approval on immigration

Migrants cross the Rio Bravo river to turn themselves in to U.S Border Patrol agents to request for asylum in El Paso, as seen from Ciudad Juarez.
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Migrants cross the Rio Bravo river to turn themselves in to U.S Border Patrol agents to request for asylum in El Paso, as seen from Ciudad Juarez.

WASHINGTON, DC — More Americans disapprove than approve of how President Joe Biden is handling the sharply increasing number of unaccompanied migrant children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, and approval of his efforts on larger immigration policy falls short of other top issues.

That suggests it could be a weak point for the new administration.

A new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows 40% of Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of children reaching the nation’s southern border without their parents.

That’s compared with just 24% who approve.

At the same time, 59% say providing safe treatment of unaccompanied children when they are apprehended should be a high priority.

Former President Donald Trump built his presidency around hard-line policies that expanded and fortified border walls, made it tougher for people fleeing drug violence and other desperate circumstances in Mexico and Central America to seek U.S. asylum and separated immigrant families.

Biden has tried to seize political momentum on the issue by promising a more humane and orderly system, but his administration has struggled to cope with rising numbers of migrants coming to the border, especially unaccompanied children.

(Editor's note: Below are some key breakouts on the polling data.)

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4 Comments

  1. The immigration system is NOT broken but the illegal entry is a HUGE problem. Again, I have stayed many times before that I love immigrants and we need them but come only if you do it legally.

    If you are escaping poverty, STOP having children you cannot afford.

  2. I guarantee 3 things with happen today: One,
    the democrats will call me racist and two, since this article mentions that President Biden’s immigration policy approval rating is slow that the Democrats will blame President Trump and last, KVIA will not post article very long.

  3. Most Americans abhor the thought of children being put into peril. Biden open border for minors has literally put 10’s of thousands of children into peril.

    In addition, many can see that after we have all of their children their parents will show up, demanding to be reunited and demanding to stay.

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