Poll Shows Voters Have a ‘Crisis of Confidence’ in Trump’s Border Policies

A new poll of registered voters across the four southern border states reveals a “crisis of confidence” in Trump’s border and immigration policies. The poll asked voters whether they approve or disapprove of the president’s policies, how much they trust border agents, how we should treat asylum-seekers, and whether we should provide aid to those in distress, among other things.

The poll was developed and implemented by Dr. Tom Wong of the U.S. Immigration Policy Center (USIPC) at UC San Diego. Click here to read the entire report.

 Among the key findings, the majority of voters in the four southern border states:

  • Disapprove of how President Trump is handling issues of the border. The majority of registered voters across the four southwestern border states — Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas — disapprove of the way that the president is handling issues at the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • Don’t trust border patrol. The Border Patrol’s legacy of death and abuse, as well its perennial lack of transparency and accountability, has eroded community trust across the southern border. By wide margins, voters don’t trust that agents will keep them and their families safe, be accountable for their abuses or protect the rights and liberties of all people.
  • Want more humane policies. They believe we should have a more humane approach to border governance by, among other things, allowing asylum seekers to wait in the United States while their cases are pending — a direct repudiation of the cruel and inhumane Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) policy that forces asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico.

 To read the entire report, click here.


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