Voters would support military at border, but don’t want wall

April 6, 2018

Claiming that “the security of the United States is imperiled by a drastic surge of illegal activity on the southern border,” President Donald Trump on April 4 signed an official memorandum calling for National Guard units to “effectively support Department of Homeland Security personnel in securing” America’s perimeter.

This action comes as the number of apprehensions during attempts to cross the United States-Mexico border spiked in March, following record low numbers during President Trump’s first year in office—based on data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

As Axios reported on April 5 , in addition to signing the memo, Trump recently has stepped up his Twitter campaigns for a border wall and funding for that wall—as well as action to secure the U.S. perimeter in the interim until the wall is built.

In an early morning tweet, the POTUS stated, “Because of the Trump Administrations actions, Border crossings are at a still UNACCEPTABLE 46 year low. Stop drugs!”

Interestingly enough, while Rasmussen Reports has found in recent polls that the majority of Americans  (56%) do not want a wall, the Republican-leaning pollster also has determined that 57% of U.S. voters are in favor of using the military to prevent illegal immigration.

Axios notes that illegal border crossings always increase during the spring and summer. This bump in border crossings is likely to keep the Trump administration pushing for its preferred merit-based immigration reform and tougher border security, the daily online newsletter predicts.

 One senior administration official gave reporters a summer look-ahead on a call this week, Axios reports: “The issue of border security will be one of the biggest issues on Congress’s plate. That level of attention will make it very possible to pass a bill.” Of course, just because the White House wants it doesn’t mean that it’s going to happen, especially with midterms looming.

Research contact:  stef@axios.com

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