By Jennie Taer
Americans are increasingly growing less supportive of U.S. immigration levels as the crisis at the southern border continues, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.
Roughly 63% of Americans are dissatisfied with U.S. immigration and for the most part want it at lower levels, according to the poll. The finding comes as authorities at the southern border face record levels of illegal migration.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered a record of more than 2.3 million migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal year 2022. Federal authorities also recorded their highest month on record for migrant encounters in December, with more than 250,000.
January’s migrant encounters dipped due to the Biden administration’s new policies to increase the number of people paroled into the country.
The number of Americans dissatisfied with current immigration levels has increased in the last two years from 19% in 2021 to 35% in 2022, and now 40%, according to Gallup, which notes that the number of Republicans opposed is reaching a new high.
“Republicans’ displeasure with immigration for being too high is now the highest Gallup has recorded for that party. On the other hand, despite increasing in recent years, this viewpoint is less common today among independents and especially Democrats than it was in the post-9/11 years,” Gallup noted.
Gallup surveyed more than 1,000 adults living in every state between Jan. 2 and 22. The margin of error was four percentage points.
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