That’s the one issue that top pollsters say could cost Democrats control of the U.S. House in the 2022 midterm elections.
According to a new Harvard/Harris poll, a whopping 80 percent of Americans believe illegal immigration is a serious issue and said it deserves “more attention” than the Biden administration is giving it.
The poll found that almost 68 percent of respondents said they believed Joe Biden is encouraging illegal immigration.
According to longtime liberal pollster Mark Penn, “Immigration is boiling up as an issue.”
“Sixty-four percent of registered voters want the Biden administration to issue new, stricter policies to reduce the flow of people across the border. Only 7% of voters could accurately call out the amount of monthly illegal immigrants crossing into the U.S. with 84% underestimate the number, suggesting we should expect stronger voter reactions if the crisis evolves further. Overall, 74% of voters view the current surge in illegal immigrants as a crisis that needs to be addressed immediately, and 56% do not view climate change, racism, and sexism as root causes of migration from South and Central America.”
The poll showed that 55 percent believed that Biden’s border policies are “increasing the flow of drugs,” into the country while 45 percent felt Biden is “simply treating people more humanely.”
A new projection from Princeton Policy Advisors reveals that more than 1.8 million illegal immigrants are expected to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in 2021.
The group said it would mark the “worst ever” on record, which is another stunning reminder of how bad things have gotten under Joe Biden.
The Washington Examiner summarized the main findings:
The group said that would be 250,000 more than the next highest number recorded in 2000.
Princeton Policy Advisors President Steven Kopits, who has long argued for a market-based visa program to control immigration, said that 2021 is likely to be the worst ever year of illegal immigration.
Kopits warned that it could undermine Biden and the Democrats in the elections. “It is premature — but only barely — to peg calendar 2021 as ‘the worst ever’ for the Biden administration. If the administration wants to avoid heading into the 2022 elections with this dubious distinction, it is high time to start working on Plan B,” he said.
Kopits used current and historical data to come up with his forecast. His past forecasts have held up well. He said that in a fiscal year model (October to October), this year’s numbers are likely to be the third-worst, at nearly 1.6 million apprehensions of illegal immigrants.
“The calendar year numbers loom larger for the administration. If the balance of the year reflects historical averages compared to the respective Junes of those years, the Biden administration will post the highest number of apprehensions at the southwest border for a calendar year ever — by a whopping margin of 250,000! If this happens, the administration will either be pegged as maliciously leaving the border open or as the most incompetent administration ever — by far — with respect to border control,” Kopits wrote.
Earlier this month, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials announced that a whopping 188,829 illegal aliens crossed into America in June 2021, the most in any month for the past 21 years.