Poll: Majority wants Trump, Congress to clinch immigration deal

Poll: Majority wants Trump, Congress to clinch immigration deal
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A majority of Americans say they want President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness school deans call for lifting country-specific visa caps Bolton told ex-Trump aide to call White House lawyers about Ukraine pressure campaign: report Federal prosecutors in New York examining Giuliani business dealings with Ukraine: report MORE and Congress to reach an agreement for stronger borders and a pathway to citizenship for those under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, according to a Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey released exclusively to The Hill.

The poll, which was conducted in July, found 62 percent of Americans want such a deal, while 58 percent said they believed there was a growing humanitarian and security crisis at the southern border. 

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Immigration has been a major point of tension in Washington. 

Trump declared a state of emergency earlier this year in an effort to divert resources toward constructing a wall on the southern border after Democrats blocked funding for one, resulting in a 35-day partial government shutdown.

The administration has also issued a number of rules to limit asylum-seekers and to make deportations easier.

Meanwhile, Democrats have decried the living conditions at immigration detention facilities along the southern border. 

Twelve people have died in the custody of U.S. immigration authorities since September, including several ill children. 

"It’s incredible how this has become the most important issue over healthcare. Democrats are increasingly on the defensive on the issue," Mark PennMark PennPolls flash warning signs for Trump on impeachment Public opinion polls show shift toward impeaching Trump Poll: Most Americans support sending troops, missile defenses to Saudi Arabia MORE, co-director of the Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey, said. 
 
"The public still backs a compromise of tougher borders and a reformed system that would also give work permits and or a path to citizenship for DACA recipients," he continued. 
 
Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll surveyed 2,214 registered U.S. voters online from July 31 to Aug. 1.
 
Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll is a collaboration of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University and The Harris Poll. The Hill will be working with Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll throughout 2019.

Full poll results will be posted online later this week. The Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey is an online sample drawn from the Harris Panel and weighted to reflect known demographics. As a representative online sample, it does not report a probability confidence interval.