A growing number of Americans view the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border as a crisis and seek tougher enforcement policies from the Biden administration, according to a recent CBS News/YouGov poll.
According to the poll, 68 percent of Americans disapprove of the way President Joe Biden is handling the U.S.-Mexico border, and 45 percent view the current border situation as a crisis.
This is up from May 2023, when 38 percent of respondents of the CBS News poll said the border situation is a crisis — a change in public perception primarily among Democrats and independents.
The survey revealed that Americans are almost equally unhappy with the way Republicans are handling the border, with just 35 percent of respondents saying they approve of the way Congressional Republicans are handling matters related to the U.S.-Mexico border.
House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) said on CBS News’ Face the Nation Sunday that he would not authorize more border funding unless it is paired with substantive policy changes from the Biden administration.
“The White House is allowing all this, these are policy choices that created this chaos, and it is thus policy choices that could change it,” Speaker Johnson said Sunday.
Johnson pointed to the Biden administration’s policy of “catch and release” for migrants crossing the border illegally and the suspension of President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy and as contributing to the border crisis.
An increasing majority of Americans — 63 percent — say the Biden administration should be tougher on immigrants crossing the border, a metric which has also increased from 55 percent in May 2023.
Most Americans — 55 percent — now also oppose providing temporary housing to migrants in their towns, though a majority of Democrats and Americans who live in cities are still favor it.
Despite these metrics, the poll showed that almost 60 percent of Americans want the U.S. to focus on making the processing of asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border more efficient, rather than preventing migrants from crossing.
That question a revealed a split between Democrats and Republicans, with 77 percent of Democrats saying they would like the processing of asylum seekers to be more efficient, whereas 65 percent of Republican respondents preferred preventing migrants from crossing the border.
According to the poll, the top reasons given by Democrats for the increased number of migrants trying to cross the border were poor economic conditions and danger in the migrants’ own country.
Republicans attributed the the increased border crossings to rule changes by the Biden administration and not enough security at the border.
Additionally, the poll revealed nearly half of Americans — 48 percent — think immigrants crossing at the border will make American society worse in the long run, compared to 22 percent of respondents who said immigrants will make the the country better in the long run.