A recent Gallup poll revealed that 75 percent of Americans now believe that immigration is a positive thing for this country. The percentage rose four points from last year, and is at an all-time high. The poll surveyed 1,520 participants from June 1 to June 13, with an error margin of three percentage points. Only 19 percent of respondents felt that immigration is detrimental for the United States.
Half of the respondents were asked if they approved of “legal immigration,” which yielded an even higher positive result of 84 percent. The poll also revealed that 39 percent felt that immigration should stay at its current level, and 28 percent thought it should be increased.
Immigration Reform Legislation
These poll results are especially meaningful now, as major immigration reform legislation and negotiation is underway. The Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, which was presented in April, has received much criticism. The policy directed the Justice Department to focus on criminal prosecution of immigrants attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border unlawfully and led to over 2,000 migrant children (some not even a year old) being separated from their parents. These children were moved into detention centers.
Trump was criticized for the situation by both parties, finally signing an executive order on June 20 to temporarily allow these families to be detained together. The “zero tolerance” policy will stay in place, meaning that undocumented people entering the U.S. will still be charged with a misdemeanor.
The Debate Continues
The immigration debate has been going on for a long time, and more legislation has been proposed. Conservative members of Congress want to reduce the numbers of immigrants coming into the country legally. Trump’s executive order also poses a challenge to the “Flores settlement,” a federal court decree that bans the government from keeping children in detention for over 20 days. In addition, the order specifies that the Defense Department must provide adequate housing and care for the families. There is also the question of reuniting families that were previously separated at border crossings.
Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif. stated that Trump’s executive order is not a permanent fix for the issue. There are more immigration bills in the works, including a compromise immigration bill, and a more conservative measure that was penned by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. These bills, along with others, are being negotiated and debated. It seems clear that public approval of immigration has led to increased legislative pressure on the President and administration to amend immigration policies.
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