Over the past few weeks, immigration reform has taken the nation by storm. As Republicans strive to secure American borders and halt chain migration, Democrats aim to secure a deal to protect hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants known as “Dreamers.”
Tensions between the two major parties became so intense that a government shutdown took place from Friday, January 19 to Monday, January 22. However, new information from The Hill affirms that much of America supports a mutual immigration deal involving funding for a Southern border wall and a deal for DACA “Dreamers.”
Everything You Need to Know Regarding Americans’ Thoughts on Immigration
Many Americans are in favor of border security and a viable solution for DACA recipients. 54% of people support electronic and physical borders, while 61% of Americans view the nation’s current borders as insufficient. Likewise, roughly 80% oppose completely open borders, while 77% champion work permits and a path to citizenship for DACA “Dreamers.”
Moreover, opposition to lottery immigration is mutually bipartisan. 68% of Americans disapprove of a system which would grant annual entry to 50,000 immigrants. 79% also favor merit-based immigration. Finally, 53% of Americans opined that 500,000 legal immigrants should be allowed to come to the U.S. annually.
Everything You Need To Know Regarding the Potential Border Wall/DACA Deal
As Congressional Republicans and Democrats have battled over border security and DACA, many Americans have suggested a mutual deal which grants funding for a Southern border wall and provides a path to citizenship for DACA recipients. President Trump affirmed his willingness to cooperate with the aforesaid mutual deal, however, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is averse to it.
The recent government shutdown irked many Americans who slammed both Republicans and Democrats. While both sides blamed each other for the then-closed government, the public had a different perspective. People furthermore opined that the shutdown represented failure in Washington DC, stating that both parties need to work together.
The Battle Continues
Although the federal government re-opened on Monday, tensions between Republican and Democratic leaders are far from finished. After Schumer withdrew his willingness to support a deal to fund the Southern border wall in exchange for a path to citizenship for DACA “Dreamers,” President Trump took to Twitter with the following message:
Cryin’ Chuck Schumer fully understands, especially after his humiliating defeat, that if there is no Wall, there is no DACA. We must have safety and security, together with a strong Military, for our great people!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2018
The fate of DACA and border security continues to hang in the balance. Updates to this report will follow as new developments are made public.