New Poll Found Majority Of Americans Disapprove Of How Biden Is Handling Border Crisis

A new poll once again found that the majority of Americans disapproved of Democratic President Joe Biden’s handling of the crisis at the southern border. 

The Quinnipiac poll noted that Biden received a negative score on his handling of the situation at the Mexican border.

It said 55% of Americans disapprove of the President’s handling of the “situation at the Mexican border,” only 29% said they approve of how Biden is dealing with the crisis while 15% of those surveyed offered no opinion on the issue.

The poll was conducted on April 8-12 among  1,237 US adults nationwide.

Quinnipiac University polling analyst Tim Malloy said the Democratic president is “facing the same problems” at the southern border that former President Donald Trump have had to face — failing to acknowledge that traffic at the border has spiked significantly since Biden was inaugurated on January 20.

“Though he gets generally positive numbers on his domestic strides as he nears his first 100 days in office, the president is confronting the same political quagmire south of the border that bedeviled his predecessor,” Malloy said. 

“The border with Mexico, and the people trying to cross it, loom as a familiar crisis,” he added

The US-Mexico border is reportedly seeing the “highest migration surge” in two decades with statistics from the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) showing 551,614 encounters with illegal crossers just as of March 2021.

In the entire fiscal year of 2020, under former President Donald Trump, the US-Mexico border saw some 405,036 migrants cross the border in total — the latest figures already surpassing the level seen in the whole year 2020.

CBP enforcement statistics also showed an increased crime rate that comes with the unprecedented influx of illegal aliens seeking to enter the country. Last month, CBP agents reported a “dramatic uptick” in drug trafficking over the border claiming that there were 4,089 pounds of drugs being smuggled over the border just in March. 

In comparison, it noted that over the past six months, the second-highest amount of drugs apprehended was 2,979 pounds.   

Some media outlets took notice of Biden’s poor marks on immigration issues.

“Biden campaigned on ending the construction of Trump’s border wall and opening the southern border for increased migration. According to the Washington Times, the administration is now backtracking on its promises to halt construction of the border wall,” The Daily Wire wrote.

“Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said that the administration is now considering filling the ‘gaps in the wall’ at the border, despite aggressively condemning the notion of a border wall under Trump.”

Meanwhile, the Biden administration has continued to downplay the severity of the situation at the southern border — even refusing to call it a “crisis” and insisting that the historic numbers only represent a “challenge.” 

“Biden’s approach to the border ‘challenge’ appears to be throwing cash at the problem,” the outlet said, adding that according to Business Insider, the Democratic president is already spending $86.9 million on hotel rooms for migrants. 

The administration has also earlier unveiled further spending plans in its “discretionary funding request” which seeks a $1.5 trillion and of which “billion will be used to house and resettle migrants.”

The influx of undocumented migrants at the southern border has reached over 300,000 apprehensions this year, according to reports. Roughly 22,000 of unaccompanied minors have also arrived at the border and are now under federal custody.

The Biden administration has also faced criticism for the unwillingness of Vice President Kamala Harris to visit and assist first hand the border situation. 

Following the backlash, Harris announced that she plans to visit Guatemala and Mexico to try to solve the “root causes” of the immigration crisis in the country, though she has no plans to travel to the US-Mexico border.

Overall, the Quinnipiac poll showed the approval rating of Biden at 48%, slightly down from the 50% rating that he got in  February.

Earlier this month, a poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that in general, Americans disapprove more than approve of the Democratic president’s means of dealing with the influx of migrants. 

It said overall, 40% of Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of children reaching the nation’s southern border without their parents, compared with just 24% who approve.

Steeve Strange

Steeve is the CEO & Co-Founder of The Scoop.

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