GALLUP: More Americans Than Ever Call Immigration Top Problem

GALLUP: More Americans Than Ever Call Immigration Top Problem by Joseph Curl for The Gateway Pundit

To hear the mainstream media tell it, climate change is the most important issue facing America.

But Americans disagree.

“Americans’ concern with immigration continues to be heightened, as 23% name it the most important problem facing the country,” Gallup reports. “This is by one percentage point the highest Gallup has ever measured for the issue since it first began recording mentions of immigration in 1993.”

Gallup also reports that “mentions” of the immigration issue “have been higher on average in 2019 than in any prior year. The 20% average to date compares with 14% in 2018, and no more than 10% in any other year.”

What’s more, more than a third (35%) surveyed said U.S. immigration levels should be decreased. But Americans still view legal immigration “positively in general, with 76% describing it as a good thing for the country today and 19% as a bad thing.” And two-thirds of Americans who say immigration is the most pressing problem in America still believe it’s good for the country.

The crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border has exploded in 2019. Border agents apprehended 144,278 migrants in May, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Chief (CBP) Operating Officer John P. Sanders told reporters Wednesday. That’s a 32% increase over April, he said.

“We are in a full-blown emergency, and I cannot say this stronger: the system is broken,” Sanders said. The chief said that nearly 700,000 foreigners have been apprehended in the past eight months, which he noted is “more than the population of Miami.”

The May total was the highest in 13 years, border officials said, and included 11,391 “inadmissibles.” Last month’s total was also a 182% over May 2018.

Brian Hastings, Border Patrol Chief of Law Enforcement Operations, said of the number apprehended, more than 84,000 were “family” units, more than 11,000 were unaccompanied minors and some 36,000 were single adults, both male and female. The daily average of apprehensions was 4,286 per day in May.

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