Since taking office in January, President Joe Biden has worked quickly to reverse virtually all of the security measures put into place by his predecessor at the U.S.–Mexico border. But while the moves may satisfy immigration activists on the left, a new poll shows they aren’t sitting well with American voters.
According to Breitbart, roughly 2 in 3 voters said in a recent survey that they think Biden should reinstate former President Donald Trump’s policy of sending would-be migrants back to Mexico to await processing.
Breitbart reports that 67% of voters told pollsters for Harvard/Harris that migrants who cross into the U.S. from the southern border should be forced to remain in Mexico, as was standard under Trump’s tenure.
Breitbart said just 33% supported the White House’s current policy of welcoming them into the country, often without sufficient resources to house them.
Biden’s “greatest weakness”
The poll surveyed more than 2,000 registered voters from June 15-17. While the full results haven’t yet been published, The Hill said it obtained an exclusive sneak peek.
In its report, The Hill revealed a full 64% of respondents said they wanted Biden to “issue new, stricter policies to reduce the flow of people across the border,” while only 36% wanted him to keep moving full steam ahead on his current strategy.
The pollsters also found that 55% of voters believed that Biden should have left Trump’s border and immigration policies in place overall, compared to 45% who supported Biden’s efforts to undo the progress made by his predecessor.
“The voters see the border as a growing problem and blame the Biden administration policies,” pollster Mark Penn told The Hill.
“The voters vastly underestimate the size of the problem, and so once they learn it’s nearly 200,000 a month making illegal crossing, their temperatures rise on this issue,” he added. “This is the [Biden] administration’s greatest weakness right now.”
Litany of policies undone
A report from the Daily Caller outlined just a handful of examples of Trump’s biggest border agenda items, not the least of which was his “Remain in Mexico” policy, which was formally quashed earlier this month.
Biden has also halted further construction of a wall at the southern border and canceled contracts for future security projects.
Among other things, the president also attempted to instate a 100-day moratorium on all court-ordered deportations, which was thankfully blocked by a federal judge. And based on the latest polling, it seems most Americans would be happy with the court’s decision.