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EXCLUSIVE: Republicans Push Back As Biden Admin Remains Confident Despite Low Immigration Approval Rating

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Washington, DC, May 11, 2021 | comments

The Daily Caller

By Henry Rodgers and Shelby Talcott

May 10, 2021

President Joe Biden’s administration is confident of its immigration policies as Republicans push back on them and a new poll shows a majority of Americans disapprove of how the border crisis is being handled.

Ninety-six percent of Democrats, 62% of Independents and 23% of Republicans said they approve of Biden’s work so far, an Associated Press–NORC poll released Monday shows. His overall approval is up 2% from an AP poll released in March with a 63% rating.

While these numbers were positive, Biden’s polling for his handling on the immigration crisis showed a far different result. Overall, 43% of those polled approve of Biden’s handling of this issue and 54% disapprove. Among Republicans, a whopping 87% disapprove of his handling and just 11% approve. Independents largely voiced disapproval as well, with 55% disapproving and 41% approving.

Despite these low approval numbers on immigration, the administration is continuing to back its policies and efforts at the border. A White House spokesperson told the Daily Caller that the president is pushing an immigration system that echoes what the American public wants.

The spokesperson said that the administration still has a ways to go in solving the issues, but cited examples of progress as a reason for positivity. The White House, in defending its border policies, has often turned on former President Donald Trump’s administration as reason for some of the ongoing challenges. When Biden took office, for example, he pushed to end a Trump-era policy on family separations and began the process to reunite some families as of May 2021.

Multiple Republican lawmakers told the Caller they aren’t surprised by the Biden administration’s struggling numbers on this issue:

“While President Biden may still be enjoying a honeymoon period on many issues, Americans are beginning to see clearly that Democrats have caused a total catastrophe on the southwest border,” Republican Georgia Rep. Jody Hice told the Caller.

“I’ve been to the border many times over the years, but my most recent visit last week was absolutely shocking. I have never seen the border in such a state of chaos, and the American people know that Joe Biden is entirely to blame for this fiasco.”

Like the White House, many Republicans cited Trump’s policies in discussing the border crisis with the Caller. Republicans, however, say the opposite, accusing Biden of worsening immigration by undoing policies from the previous administration…

… Some Republicans said they’re willing to work with the new administration – an effort Biden has consistently pushed towards — to find a viable solution.

Americans understand that the Biden administration created this crisis through its words and actions. The ongoing surge at our border puts not only migrants at risk, but also the hard-working Americans tasked with protecting our citizens and borders,” Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said. “President Biden and Vice President Harris seem more interested in empty rhetoric than taking action to stop this raging crisis.”

The White House spokesperson said data indicates the administration’s efforts are working and aides, like White House press secretary Jen Psaki, have recently begun to note the decrease in unaccompanied minors being held at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities.

While less children are being housed in CBP facilities, more have been transferred to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) facilities, according to April 29 data from the agency. The number of unaccompanied minors in these facilities increased 89.9% in one month while minors held by the CBP decreased by 83.4%. (RELATED: Number Of Migrant Children Detained In HHS Facilities Nearly Doubled In April)

The administration has also pointed towards ending the Muslim ban and canceling contracts rerouted from the military for wall construction as among the positive efforts in creating what it has described as a more humane border policy system.

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