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Fox News Poll: 50% Support Southern Border Wall

Those who oppose a wall is 46%, which is a new low

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A Fox News survey finds that half of American voters support a border wall between the United States and Mexico.  Those who favor building the wall is up to 50%, a large increase from only 44% in December of 2019. Those who oppose a wall is 46%, which is a new low, down from 52% who opposed a wall in December of 2019.

Fox News reports “the shift comes mostly from women (+8), whites, (+7), Republicans (+6), Democrats (+5), and Blacks (+5) being more likely to favor it now compared to 2019. A switch of mentality on immigrants has also changed.

“The number saying immigrants hurt the country has risen 15 percentage points since 2019 when 24 percent felt that way.” In 2019, 24 percent said immigrants “hurt the country” and now it is up to 39 percent. The percentage of those who believe immigrants help the country has stayed at 48 percent from 2019 to now.

In 2019 21 percent chose the alternative to help or hurt, “depends.” Now, a much lower 11 percent chose “depends.” The survey also asked about what should happen to children at the border who arrive without any parent or guardian.

“A majority, 58 percent, says allow them to enter the country, either to be cared for by religious or charitable organizations (40 percent) or housed in government facilities until relatives can be found (18 percent).” 38 percent believe they should be returned to their home country.

It was also asked how voters perceive President Biden to be handling the issues. “President Biden is in negative territory when it comes to handling immigration (38 percent approve vs. 57 percent disapprove) and border security (40-56).”

Republican pollster Daron Shaw who conducted the Fox News poll with Democrat Chris Anderson said, “given the recent surge in illegal crossings, and the particular uptick in unaccompanied minors at the border, it is unsurprising that Biden receives his worst marks on these issues.”

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  1. Carolyn Jones

    May 30, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    I find it hard to believe that only 50% of this country support the wall! I alone am worth another 50%. I despise the unelected so-called “President” and his evil Democratic thugs. Are those people crazy, or what?? It took only 4 years for the REAL President, Donald J. Trump, to make our country Utopia. He loved this wonderful country, and “Sippy Cup” ( Sean’s terrific nickname is dead on!) Hidin’ Biden stayed in the basement relaxing daily. He didn’t have to stump because he knew damned well he would win. Democrats made a deal with ol’ Joe that if he did everything they wanted, he would be president. He did, and all the evil D’s are now destroying this country. I believe that calling a person “Democrat” is the worst epithet one can call another person.

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Biden Administration Leaves Border Patrol in Impossible Situation, Then Chastises Them

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Photos and video were released of the almost 15,000 migrants, primarily from Haiti, congregating under a bridge in a Texas border town over the weekend. Overcrowding and pleas from local politicians and border patrol agents prompted the Department of Homeland Security to expel over 6,000 Haitians on flights back to Haiti.

President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have been pathetically absent from the increasing crisis their administration created at the southern border. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was forced to take action and issued a statement that was long overdue.

“If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned. Your journey will not succeed, and you will be endangering your life and your family’s life” said Mayorkas. The expulsion of the 6,000 migrants, with more on the way, is legal action the U.S. can take, thanks to a pandemic-related authority implemented by former President Donald Trump in March of 2020.

President Biden upheld Trump’s policy but exempted unaccompanied children. As of Saturday, a peak number of 14,872 migrants were at the bridge trying to get into the United States. Mayorkas said 600 Homeland Security employees, including Coast Guard, have been brought to the border town to aid in the border chaos.

Photos and video emerged of officials on horseback trying to keep migrants from crossing the river which prompted White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki to finally make a comment regarding the border. She took the chance to chastise the very people her boss forced into the situation.

“I don’t think anyone seeing that footage would think it acceptable or appropriate” Psaki said of the “horrific” footage and called for an investigation. A solution to the border crisis itself, however, was not discussed.

In an afternoon news conference, both Mayorkas and U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said they did not see anything obviously wrong from the photos and videos. Mayorkas even explains agents use long reins, not whips, to control their horses. Ortiz mentioned it can be confusing to distinguish migrants from smugglers as people frantically cross the river back and forth.

Later on Monday, the Department of Homeland Security did issue a statement calling the footage “extremely troubling” and promised an investigation to “define the appropriate disciplinary actions to be taken.”

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Border Agents Accused Of Whipping Migrants Taken Off Law Enforcement Duties

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On Wednesday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced that U.S. Border Patrol agents that had been falsely accused of using “whips” on Haitian illegal immigrants are no longer conducting law enforcement duties while the incident is investigated.

“Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who initially backed the agents before changing his stance amid outrage from the White House and left-wing Democrats, told a House Committee that the agents had been taken off the frontlines amid an investigation that he expected to take days, rather than weeks,” Fox News reported.

“We have ensured that the individuals during the pendency of the investigation are not conducting law enforcement duties to interact with migrants, but rather are conducting only administrative duties,” Mayorkas told the Committee.

“The facts will drive the actions that we take,” he said. “We ourselves will pull no punches and we need to conduct this investigation thoroughly, but very quickly. It will be completed in days, if not weeks.”

The announcement comes as U.S. Border Patrol is already being overwhelmed by the record-high levels of illegal immigration, which has passed 200,000 border encounters for the second consecutive month – the first time that number has been reached in 21 years.

In response to the illegal immigration surge, which began in March, a group of 26 governors sent a letter to President Biden urging him to take action to stop the flood of illegal immigrants across the southern border.

“The months-long surge in illegal crossings has instigated an international humanitarian crisis, spurred a spike in international criminal activity, and opened the floodgates to human traffickers and drug smugglers endangering public health and safety in our states,” the letter said, in part. “A crisis that began at our southern border now extends beyond to every state and requires immediate action before the situation worsens.”

However, reducing the number of U.S. Border Patrol agents able to perform law enforcement duties appears to be taking a step in the opposite direction.

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