Poll: More than 6 in 10 Texans oppose border wall

Poll: More than 6 in 10 Texans oppose border wall
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Sixty-one percent of adult citizens living in Texas oppose President Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a poll the nonprofit, nonpartisan Texas Lyceum released Tuesday.

Thirty-five percent of Texas citizens in the survey favor constructing Trump's long-promised barrier, which he says will reduce illegal immigration into the U.S.

Pollsters found 50 percent believe Trump will deport the millions of undocumented immigrants residing in America, while 40 say he won't take that step. The Lyceum's poll reports 62 percent do not want Trump to deport undocumented immigrants, while 31 percent do.

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Fifty-eight percent disapprove of Trump’s handling of both legal and illegal immigration overall, while 38 percent approve of his performance on the issue.

Reports emerged last week that the Trump administration so far has funding for only seven miles of the president’s suggested border wall.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection reportedly has $20 million for the structure, well below estimates needed for covering 1,000 miles along America’s southern border.

Trump frequently swore during his presidential bid last year that Mexico would pay for the wall itself.

Mexico’s government has repeatedly rejected that claim, leaving it unclear how much of its cost will be shouldered by U.S. taxpayers.

The Texas Lyceum conducted its latest survey of 1,000 adult citizens in Texas via cell and landline telephone interviews from April 3-9. The poll has a 3.1 percentage point margin of error.