Recent survey results have been released to the public after disasters at the southern border this year. A growing majority of Americans support barriers and E-Verify systems to fight illegal immigration. Voters supporting immigration reform believe the fix should include walls, fences, and other barriers.
Numbers USA and Rasmussen Reports conducted a study that found 67% of Americans are in support of reform to reduce the number of migrants illegally coming to the U.S. In addition, the surveys indicated that 69% of voters said they were in favor of the federal electronic E-Verify system to prevent illegal workers from taking U.S. jobs. Electronic E-Verify allows enrolled employers to confirm employees’ citizenship status and eligibility to work in the United States.
Numbers USA Vice President of Operations Jim Robb called the polling “remarkable.” He noted that voters of every political affiliation agree that immigration needs better control. The crisis at the border has been exacerbated this year, and 60% of those polled said President Joe Biden’s policies had created a complete disaster.
.@SenatorSinema & @SenThomTillis could claim at least some credibility on immigration "reform" if they had done *anything* to hold @SecMayorkas & Biden Admin accountable for refusing to enforce laws already passed by Congress.
Their objective *is* a broken immigration system.
— NumbersUSA (@NumbersUSA) December 5, 2022
Illegal immigration has hit record levels during the Biden administration. After taking office, Biden ended the construction of a border wall and took away former President Donald Trump’s policies that tightened border controls. As a result, illegal immigration hit its record of nearly 2.4 million arrests for the fiscal year 2022.
The total arrests for 2022 exceed last year’s record of more than 1.7 million arrests. Reportedly, some people crossing were apprehended more than once. Fiscal year 2022 ended on September 30. The new fiscal year has begun with even worse numbers.
Customs and Border Protection sources reported 64,000 “gotaways” to Fox News in October 2022. The average for the fiscal year 2023 is already 2,000 “gotaways” a day. That averages out to 10,000 more crossings a month than the last year.
The high number of known immigrants who successfully slipped past overwhelmed agents doesn’t account for the unknown numbers of those who enter the country undetected.
The numbers raise questions about Biden’s claim that the border is “secure.” Vice President Kamala Harris spoke out in September about the border crisis. “The border is secure, but we also have a broken immigration system, in particular, over the last four years before we came in. And it needs to be fixed,” she said.