Americans Showing Increased Concern About Immigration
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent looks through the border fence as hundreds of migrants line up under the Stanton Street Bridge to be processed in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 22, 2022.(PHOTO BY ALLISON DINNER/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES)
Americans are as dissatisfied with immigration into the country as they’ve been in years, according to a Gallup poll released Monday, as evidence mounts that the issue is among the thorniest facing President Joe Biden and his administration.
The survey revealed that 28% of respondents are satisfied with immigration levels – the lowest percentage measured by Gallup since 2012. Since the turn of the century, immigration satisfaction was lowest in the later years of the President George W. Bush administration and highest during the early part of President Donald Trump’s term in office.
Nearly two-thirds, or 63%, of respondents are dissatisfied with U.S. immigration overall, and a large majority of that group specifically wants levels decreased. The latter percentage – 64% – has risen sharply in recent years, going from 19% in 2021 to 40% today, according to the poll, which was conducted Jan. 2-22 with a sample of more than 1,000 U.S. adults. An increasing number of older Americans are dissatisfied with immigration as well: 55% of those surveyed aged 55 and older want levels to fall.
By comparison, Americans overall are much less satisfied with efforts toward addressing poverty in the U.S., according to Gallup. But satisfaction with immigration still ranks in the bottom half of issues queried by the polling giant – on par with the quality of public education in the country and policies for controlling crime in the latest poll.
Unsurprisingly, Republicans surveyed by Gallup are much more dissatisfied with immigration than Democrats. But the GOP’s discontent with immigration levels being too high is the highest ever recorded by the organization, while independents’ dissatisfaction percentage has nearly doubled since 2021. Even Democratic Party-affiliated respondents are increasingly wanting less immigration into the U.S., with 19% holding that view in Tuesday’s survey results compared to 2% in 2021.
The results come as Biden navigates criticism from both the GOP and progressives in his own party over border issues. Title 42, the Trump-era policy that allows agents to rapidly expel foreign nations at the border, is set to expire in May when the connected COVID-19 emergency declaration ends. The administration is reportedly considering new ways to stem immigration flows while providing new legal pathways for migrants.
by Elliott Davis Jr.usnews.com