A strong plurality–and a near majority–of Americans in battleground states support deporting the illegal immigrant juveniles who have flooded across the border from Central America.
In a poll conducted by Politico, an outlet that has given favorable treatment to pro-amnesty groups, 49 percent of voters in battleground states want illegal immigrant juveniles deported, while 29 percent want them to remain in the country “after the appropriate judicial hearings.”
Nearly 63,500 illegal immigrant juveniles, of whom 90 percent are teenagers, have been detained at the southern border since October 2013. Federal authorities expect at least 165,000 more to enter the country illegally next year.
The number of illegal immigrant juveniles detained spiked after President Barack Obama enacted his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012. Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) are demanding that Senate Democrats force Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to bring up the House bill that would defund Obama’s potential executive amnesty.
Illegal immigration was not on the national radar until Breitbart Texas published leaked photographs of illegal immigrant juveniles being warehoused in detention centers in June, which forced the mainstream media to cover the border crisis. Since then, illegal immigration has rocketed to the top of issues Americans are most concerned about as the Obama administration has often surreptitiously dumped thousands of illegal immigrant juveniles across the countries, usually in municipalities that are already financially strapped. The opposition to illegal immigration since Breitbart Texas first published the leaked photos has sent Obama’s poll numbers plummeting and Democrats reeling for political cover.
The Politico poll, conducted by GfK, surveyed “917 likely voters in competitive House and Senate races from Aug. 29 to Sept. 7, and it has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percent.”
According to the poll, “likely voters were surveyed in the following states with competitive Senate elections”: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Oregon, South Dakota, Virginia and West Virginia.
In addition, “likely voters were surveyed in the following competitive House districts:”
Arizona-01, Arizona-02, Arizona-09, Arkansas-02, Arkansas-04, California-07, California-10, California-21, California-26, California-31, California-36, California-52, Colorado-06, Connecticut-05, Florida-02, Florida-18, Florida-26, Georgia-12, Illinois-10, Illinois-11, Illinois-12, Illinois-13, Illinois-17, Indiana-02, Iowa-01, Iowa-02, Iowa-03, Iowa-04, Maine-02, Massachusetts-06, Michigan-01, Michigan-07, Michigan-08, Minnesota-02, Minnesota-07, Minnesota-08, Montana-AL, Nebraska-02, Nevada-03, Nevada-04, New Hampshire-01, New Hampshire-02, New Jersey-02, New Jersey-03, New Mexico-02, New York-01, New York-11, New York-18, New York-19, New York-21, New York-23, New York-24, Ohio-06, Ohio-14, Pennsylvania-06, Pennsylvania-08, Texas-23, Virginia-02, Virginia-10, West Virginia-02, West Virginia-03 and Wisconsin-06.