Poll: Plurality of Americans Support Trump Plan to Detain Border Crossing Families Together

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A plurality of Americans support President Trump’s latest executive order that mandates border crossing adults be detained with their children in federal custody until their immigration cases are heard.

In a June poll by the Economist and YouGov, nearly 45 percent of American adults said they preferred Trump’s executive order, “zero tolerance” policy whereby the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “hold[s] families together in family detention centers until an immigration hearing at a later date.”

A plurality of white Americans, 45 percent, and black Americans, 45 percent, support Trump’s plan that will be executed by keeping adult border crossers and their children in DHS custody while they go through the prosecution process. The executive order allows DHS to use facilities of the Department of Defense to house the border crossing families.

Another poll this month by Quinnipiac found that a majority of GOP voters said they support Trump’s zero tolerance policy at the border, Breitbart News reported.

Despite backlash from the establishment media and the globalist-aligned political establishment, White House officials say the crackdown at the border is necessary to ensure that the U.S. is not overrun by skyrocketing illegal immigration levels.

A 2014 poll showed a similar outcome. A majority of swing voters and GOP voters said that even migrants described as “children” should be deported “as soon as possible,” as Breitbart News’s Neil Munro reported at the time. The poll indicated that in the midst of this border crisis, Americans by a majority support tougher than usual border policies.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder. 

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