Poll: Most Voters Blame Parents on Border Children Crisis, Not Feds
Most American voters blame the parents of the separated children at the border instead of the federal government, a new poll reveals.
A June 21, Rasmussen poll found that 54 percent of likely U.S. voters say the parents are more to blame for breaking the law. In contrast, only 35 percent believe the federal government is to blame for enforcing the law. Eleven percent were not sure.
The data, which was procured from telephone and online surveys, seemed to conflict with the recent media frenzy centered solely on blaming the Trump administration on the separation of illegal immigrant families.
On June 20, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that will work toward the end of family separation at the border.
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) June 21, 2018
Out of those polled, 82 percent who identified as Republicans and 56 percent of voters who were not affiliated with either major political party felt that the parents were more to blame. But 60 percent of Democrats said that the government is more so, according to Rasmussen.
Going deeper, 54 percent of all voters agreed with Trump when he said, “The United States will not be a migrant camp. And it will not be a refugee-holding facility—it won’t be.”
Thirty percent disagreed with that statement, and 16 percent remain undecided.
The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted on June 19-20 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
The main action in Trump’s executive order is a demand that Attorney General Jeff Sessions promptly file a request to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to modify the Flores Settlement Agreement.
The 1997 Clinton-era Flores agreement is a court ruling that says families who cross the border illegally must be detained for no longer than 20 days—which means they then have to be released into the interior of the United States with a court date set for possibly years down the road.
“This creates a ‘get out of jail free’ card for illegal alien families and encourages groups of illegal aliens to pose as families hoping to take advantage of that loophole,” said the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a fact sheet on June 18.
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