Poll: Majority Side with Trump on Illegal Immigration, Blame Parents for Detention Crisis
A new Rasmussen poll has found that a majority of Americans side with President Donald Trump, and blame illegal immigrant parents for the current child detention crisis at the Mexican border.
According to the poll, 54 percent of likely voters said that the parents of detained children are to blame for knowingly breaking the law in the first place. Only 35 percent blame the Trump administration for the crisis.
The President has come under fire in recent weeks from Democrats, celebrities, and the Twitter #resistance for his administration’s policy of separating the children of illegal immigrants from their parents and detaining them.
As his administration struggles to secure Democrat votes for a new immigration bill, President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday ending the policy of separating children from their law-breaking parents. The new order allows families to be detained together, except "when there is a concern that detention of an alien child with the child’s alien parent would pose a risk to the child’s welfare."
The Trump administration has warned immigrant parents not to bring their children across the border illegally. “If people don't want to be separated from their children, they should not bring them with them,” he said earlier this month. He did concede, however, that parents and children should be held together.
The poll numbers seem to show a discrepancy between the media’s coverage of the crisis - which featured news anchors shedding on-air tears and celebrities calling for bizarrely cruel punishment for Trump’s family - and the public’s opinion.