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Poll: Support overwhelming for Trump’s decision to end family separations

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Nearly three-quarters of U.S. voters support President Trump’s decision to end migrant family separations at the border with Mexico, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday.

Seventy-four percent of voters back the president’s move last week to end the separations, which stemmed from his administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy on illegal immigration, while just 15 percent oppose the move. 

The “zero-tolerance” policy calls for the prosecution of all migrants that are apprehended after crossing illegally into the U.S. and led to thousands of children being separated from their parents.

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Amid public outrage, Trump signed an executive order allowing families to be detained together. Still, children can only be held in custody for a maximum of 20 days, raising questions about how the administration planned to implement the order while still enforcing its “zero-tolerance” policy.

According to the Politico/Morning Consult poll, fewer than half of voters — 44 percent — approve of the Trump administration’s handling of immigration. Conversely, 48 percent say they disapprove. 

Voters also trust Democrats more than Republicans when it comes to immigration. Forty-one percent of respondents said they trust congressional Democrats’ handling of immigration, while 37 percent put their faith in Republicans on the issue.

The Politico/Morning Consult poll surveyed 1,989 from June 22-24. Its margin of error is 2 percentage points.

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