Fifty-eight percent of Americans disapprove of the way President Barack Obama is managing the recent immigration crisis on the southern border, while 66 percent reject the Republicans’ approach to the issue, a poll published Tuesday shows.
Just a third of the respondents in the ABC News/Washington Post poll came out in favor of the way in which the White House is responding to the humanitarian crisis created by the arrival of thousands of unaccompanied foreign minors and families with children.
n the case of the Republicans, who in general have asked for greater security on the border and an acceleration of the deportation process for undocumented migrants, the approval rate is just 23 percent, according to the survey.
In contrast, 53 percent are in favor of Obama’s plan to ask Congress for $3.7 billion in supplementary funding to deal with the influx of unaccompanied minors, most of them from Central America.
Calculations are that 57,000 undocumented minors have entered the country since last October, most of them coming from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
Among Democratic voters, 66 percent support the White House plan, compared with 51 percent of independents and only 35 percent of Republicans.
Forty percent of respondents disapproved of both Obama and the Republicans in Congress in terms of the way they are dealing with immigration issues.
Because of the closeness of the November legislative elections, the bipartisan reform bill approved more than a year ago in the Senate, which would increase border security and provide a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented residents, has become stalled in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
The opinions of Hispanic voters do not differ much from the rest of the public, with 54 percent opposed to the way in which Obama is dealing with immigration questions and 68 percent opposed to the Republicans’ approach to this matter.
The survey was conducted in English and in Spanish between July 9-13 among 1,016 adults nationwide and has a sampling error margin of 3.5 percentage points.