Poll: Voter majority sees caravans as threat to U.S. as tensions build

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A new Rasmussen Survey released Monday shows 51 percent of likely voters “believe the caravans of migrants crossing Mexico to enter the United States illegally are a threat to public health and national security.”

The same poll shows that 49 percent of respondents think the president’s proposal to “temporarily forbid asylum to all those who cross the southern border of the United States illegally” is a good idea.

People in an immigrant caravan scramble over a low wall outside a building at the border. (Screen snip, YouTube, CBC)

This comes as President Donald Trump has reportedly told Mexico to send migrants in the caravans “back to their countries.”

Tensions are high along the border after a confrontation that resulted in teargas use is being widely reported. According to Fox News, the President tweeted early Monday, “Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries. “Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A. We will close the Border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the WALL!”

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The Daily Mail noted that the president has threatened to permanently close the border with Mexico. The Daily Mail cited a report from San Diego Sector Border Control Chief patrol agent Rodney Scott that migrants immediately began throwing “rocks and debris” at his agents. That was apparently when the tear gas was used by agents in an effort to protect themselves and the border.

According to the Rasmussen survey, 41 percent of respondents do not believe the caravan poses a threat. Thirty-seven percent disagree with the proposal to temporarily deny asylum.

The survey breaks down along political lines. Eighty-one percent of Republicans think the migrants trying to enter the U.S. illegally do pose a threat to public health and national security, while 65 percent of Democrats do not agree.

On Sunday there as what Fox News described as “chaos” when hundreds of migrants rushed past Mexican riot police just across the border from San Ysidro, Calif. The situation is being described as a “crisis” in some news reports. Others are calling it an “invasion.”The same poll shows that 49 percent of respondents think the president’s proposal to “temporarily forbid asylum to all those who cross the southern border of the United States illegally” is a good idea.

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