The poll from The Economist and YouGov found that 66% of adults support increased border security, with a plurality, 45%, saying they strongly support it. At least a plurality of most demographic breakdowns of the respondents said they somewhat or strongly support more security, but certain groups were considerably more in favor of it than others.
The poll found increased security is most popular among older adults, with more than 80% of those 65 and older saying they strongly or somewhat support it. Three-quarters of adults ages 45 to 64 said they support it, but 55% of those 30 to 44 and 47% of those 18 to 29 said the same.
More than 70% of white respondents said they support stepping up security, but only 50% of Black respondents and 49% of Hispanic respondents said they do. One in 4 Black respondents and more than 1 in 5 Hispanic respondents said they were not sure.
On January 5, Joe Biden’s administration announced steps to supposedly increase security at the southern border and mitigate illegal crossings, based on rules that would expand regulatory channels for orderly movement and expedite the removal of migrants.
Biden´s administration indicated an extension of the so-called humanitarian paroling process, which provides for up to 30,000 people from Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela and Haiti to travel to the United States each month for a period of two years and receive authorization to work if they have U.S. sponsors to cover their financial needs.
This week a 20 Republican-led states coalition filed a lawsuit before a federal judge in Texas to stop Biden´s program.
Authorities reported that in past December 2022 there were more than 250,000 encounters with individuals at the southern border, the highest number in a month of Biden’s presidency, The Hill reported.