The massive influx of migrants at the southern border is causing untold problems for federal, state, and local authorities charged with managing it, but the situation is also taking a toll on Americans’ view of their president, as a recent survey suggests.
According to a new ABC News/Ipos poll, nearly 60% of all respondents said they disapprove of President Joe Biden’s handling of the wave of migrants and unaccompanied minors reaching the border, as Breitbart reports.
The poll, which was conducted between March 26 and 27 and involved 517 participants revealed this issue to be an especially weak point for Biden, as he still enjoyed high levels of approval on the economy as well as coronavirus vaccine efforts, which came in at 60% and 75% approval, respectively.
As Breitbart noted, the Ipsos poll is not the only metric suggesting that public opinion – particularly among swing voters – is souring on Biden’s approach to the emerging chaos at the border. A Morning Consult/Politico survey of 1,994 registered voters conducted during the March 19-22 time period found that 44% of this key electoral group said that the immigration system in this country has worsened, with only 12% saying that it had improved under Biden’s leadership.
With upwards of 18,000 unaccompanied minors reportedly now in federal custody, according to the New York Post and escalating outrage over the deteriorating conditions in which they are housed, growing numbers of lawmakers are demanding accountability from the administration, but are thus far making little headway.
As Fox News reported, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) toured a migrant detention center in Donna, Texas last week with a group of fellow legislators and described harrowing scenes that included:
“…cages after cages of little boys lying side-by-side, of little girls lying side-by-side, covered with reflective emergency blankets with virtually no space between them…”
“..[a] playpen of infants and toddlers brought her by human traffickers and then left alone…[a] row of children who, having just been crammed into the crowded cages, were now testing positive for COVID-19.”
The senator went on to blast the Biden administration for its continued denial of media access to these facilities – a stance on which he doubled down during a press conference last week – by saying, “This is outrageous. The Trump administration allowed media into [Department of Homeland Security] facilities. So did the Obama administration, the Bush administration and the Clinton administration. But you want to hide what is going on.”
Gallup chairman and CEO Jim Clifton warned last week that, try as he might, Biden will not be able to elude accountability on this issue forever. Pointing out that the administration must not only find a solution for the thousands current at the border, it must also answer the questions of how it will handle the legions of others intending to come and what its broader 10-year plan will be.
As Clifton succinctly and pointedly put it, “330 million U.S. citizens are wondering,” and it hopefully won’t be long before even members of the compliant mainstream media insist on real answers.