There has been an increase in the number of people who believe the border is in a crisis, but the surprising thing is that although the number of Republicans and Independents has risen a little, the number of Democrats has jumped from 7% to 24%.
The way I figure it is that these are the ones who stopped and took a minute to try to remember the last time their politicians told them the truth. Truth is the one thing Democrats fear the most.
If everyone really knew what they were up to, they would lose every election from here to eternity.
The poll, conducted by cellular and landline telephone between April 22 and 25, finds that 35 percent of Americans believe the situation is a crisis, up from 24 percent in January. While that figure included a modest increase among Republicans and independents, the percentage of Democrats who agree jumped from 7 percent to 24 percent, nearly a quarter of the p arty.
A still-larger 45 percent plurality of the public overall says illegal immigration across the southern border is a serious problem but not a crisis, while 18 percent say it is not a serious problem.
The shifting views have altered the political calculus for Democrats, including the 20 candidates already in the race for the party’s presidential nomination, who have sought to challenge Trump’s hard-line rhetoric on immigration. Having once accused the president of falsely fanning public fears over a nonexistent crisis, Democrats have shifted to emphasizing the humanitarian challenges at the border, while still accusing Trump of demonizing immigrants and pursuing policies that have exacerbated the problems.
Trump’s policies “have been an absolute failure for our country,” former San Antonio mayor Julián Castro, campaigning for the 2020 Democratic nomination, said at a rally in that city this month. He has released an immigration plan that would decriminalize unauthorized border crossings.