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Axios/Harris Poll: Most Support Mass Deportations

Half of Americans, including 42% of Democrats, said they would support mass deportations of undocumented immigrants, according to a poll released Thursday.

The Harris Poll, conducted for Axios, also found that 30% of Democrats and 46% of Republicans say they would end the birthright right guaranteed by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

The poll finds the Biden administration “most responsible” for the crisis, outpacing all other political or structural factors — with nearly two-thirds saying illegal immigration is a real crisis and not a politically driven media story, Axios reported.

“I was surprised by the public support for large-scale deportations,” said Mark Penn, chairman of The Harris Poll and a former pollster for President Bill Clinton.

“I think they’re just sending a message to politicians: ‘Get this under control,’” Penn said, calling it a warning to Biden that “attempts to shift responsibility for the issue to (former President Donald) Trump will not succeed.” work.”

Trump promised to launch the “largest domestic deportation operation in American history,” targeting millions of undocumented immigrants.

Other findings from the survey were that:

  • 51% say they support mass deportations of undocumented migrants.
  • 21% fear higher crime rates, drugs and violence due to illegal migration, while 18% fear additional costs to taxpayers, and 17% fear the risk of terrorism and national security.
  • 58% say they support expanding legal routes for orderly immigration, while 46% say asylum seekers should be protected if their case is legitimate.
  • 68% say illegal migration causes major problems in communities, while only 27% say the same about legal migration.
  • 65% say the US should make it easier for anyone looking for a better life to enter legally.

Axios also noted that 64% incorrectly believe that migrants receive more benefits and benefits than they pay in taxes, while 56% incorrectly believe that illegal migration is linked to the increase in US crimes – noting that reports show that border cities have some of the lowest violent crime rates in the country.

“The trade-off here in the poll is that people would accept more legal immigration if they saw a crackdown on the border,” Penn told Axios.

The survey has a margin of error of 1.5 percentage points.