Low marks for Obama, GOP on border crisis

 

Only one third of people approve of President Obama’s handling of the crisis at the border, according to a Washington Post survey released Tuesday.

The poll found 58 percent of the public disapprove of Obama’s approach, but Republicans received a worse grade. 

Two-thirds said they disapprove of Republican lawmakers’ handling of the border crisis and less than a quarter approve.

Asked if they support Obama’s $3.7 billion request to fix the crisis, more than half said they support the plan and 43 percent oppose it.

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Among Democrats, liberal Democrats back the proposal while 59 percent of moderate and conservative Democrats said they support it.

The White House submitted the request, which would provide funding to care for children while their deportation cases are heard, help speed up deportation hearings and improve border security, to Congress last week. Some Republicans on Capitol Hill have already expressed opposition to the request. 

More than 57,000 unaccompanied children have illegally crossed into the United States from Central America since last October, according to the Obama administration. 

The poll comes the same day Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) are set to introduce legislation that would change a 2008 law to make it easier for the Department of Homeland Security to deport children from Central America.

The poll surveyed 1,016 adults between July 9 and 13 and has a 3.5 percentage point margin of error.