Americans divided on whether to increase immigration levels: Gallup

Americans divided on whether to increase immigration levels: Gallup
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Americans remain divided on whether to increase immigration levels, according to a Gallup poll released Friday.

Thirty-three percent of respondents said that immigration levels should be increased, while 31 percent said immigration should be decreased. Another 35 percent said immigration should be kept at its present levels.

The survey comes as the Biden administration grapples with an increase in attempted border crossings from Mexico. The administration moved earlier this year to house unaccompanied minors crossing the border.

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Several Republican governors have sent National Guard members to the southern border amid frustrations about the Biden administration’s handling of the influx of migrants, deeming the situation a "crisis." 

Fifty-percent of Democrats supported immigration levels increased, compared with 34 percent of independents and 10 percent of Republicans, Gallup found.

By contrast, 57 percent of Republicans want to see immigration decreased, compared with 29 percent of independents and 12 percent of Democrats.

Thirty-seven percent of Democrats, 36 percent of independents and 31 percent of Republicans said immigration should be kept at its present level.

Despite the divide on immigration levels, a vast majority of Americans agree that immigration is good for the country.

Seventy-five percent of respondents held that immigration is a “good thing” for the country today, compared with 21 percent who said it is a “bad thing.”

Gallup surveyed 1,381 adults between June 1 and July 5. The poll has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.