The American people see immigration as the most pressing issue the U.S. is facing currently.
Although congressional Democrats have swiped away any such crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border — many labeling it a “manufactured” crisis — that’s not how Americans view it any longer. As IJR Red previously noted, a CNN poll from June revealed that just over three times as many Democratic voters now see the border situation as a crisis — increasing from 23% to 74% believe it’s a crisis.
The American people seem sure it’s a situation that needs to be dealt with, as a recent Gallup poll conducted July 1-12 shows that “immigration” is the top issue facing the United States currently.
Asked what the “most important problem” is in the U.S., 27% of Americans pointed to immigration, — a record high, passing the June record of 23% — followed by the government and poor leadership garnering 23% of the mentions.
Additionally, the poll reveals that only five times since 2001 has issues topped 27 percent, including the economy in general, the situation in Iraq, unemployment, the government, and terrorism.
There has been a continuous flow of migrants traveling to the U.S. southern border in past months, including over 100,000 apprehensions by border law enforcement per month in four consecutive months.
After his visit on Friday to a detention facility in Texas, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) slammed the Trump administration for “inhumane” conditions and claimed migrants are being treated “like criminals.”
The Democratic leader’s criticism drew a response from former border officials.
Former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director Tom Homan turned the table on Schumer, labeling it Congress’ “fault.”
“I mean, name one thing that Chuck Schumer has done to solve this crisis or address this crisis, other than vilifying the men and women of the Border Patrol,” Homan said.
“[…] Now, Chuck Schumer, let’s remember, he said this is a manufactured crisis. He said that numerous times. So he has ignored this crisis right to the very end. Again, he went down there. He vilified the men and women of Border Patrol, but what ideas did he come to the table with?”
Another former acting ICE director, Ron Vitiello, also blasted Schumer for “ignoring” the border crisis.