Most voters say Republican governors were justified in sending illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities, according to a new poll that shows Americans felt states had no choice but to share the pain of the ongoing chaos at the border.
By a two-to-one margin, voters said the Biden administration’s failure to secure the border is a bigger problem than the governors’ sending of migrants.
And more than 60% of voters said it was “hypocritical” for sanctuaries like Washington, Chicago and New York to complain about migrants being bused to them, according to a poll earlier this week by RMG Research for the American First Policy Institute, a conservative think tank led by former Trump administration leaders.
The Washington Times obtained a copy of a survey memo detailing the findings.
“Sending illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities is politically popular,” the memo concluded.
The survey was conducted a week after the governor of Florida. Ron DeSantis’ high-profile move to take immigrants in Texas who said they were headed to Florida and instead have them fly to Massachusetts. They were dropped off on Martha’s Vineyard, a playground for the nation’s liberal elite.
That followed months of the Texas governor. Greg Abbott and the Governor of Arizona. Doug Ducey getting immigrants out of their states.
Among likely voters, 55% approved of the bus campaign. And 63% of all voters agreed with the statement that busing was the only way to draw attention to problems at the border. Only 25% disagreed.
The White House has openly criticized the governors.
President Biden said busing immigrants was “just wrong, it’s un-American, it’s reckless.”
He insisted that they have things under control.
“We have a process to handle migrants at the border. We are working to make sure it is safe, orderly and humane. Republican officials should not interfere with that process by performing these political stunts,” he said.
Voters are not convinced.
More than 60% of voters believe drug cartels are in control of the border, compared to just 19% who believe the US government is in control.
And by 54% to 28%, voters doubted the administration was serious about wanting to secure the border and reduce illegal immigration.
Biden’s criticism was echoed this week by an unlikely ally: Jared Kushner, former President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, who said DeSantis was using migrants “as political pawns.”
“We have to remember that these are human beings,” he said.
Sanctuary cities that have been targeted by migrant transport have asked for federal money to help them accommodate new arrivals, complaining that their homeless shelters are overwhelmed.
Border communities say they have been asking for help for more than a year, with no response. That’s one of the reasons the governors of Arizona and Texas started the bus ride operation.
They also argue that the Biden administration should change its policies to prevent the surge from happening in the first place.
The new survey memo said 63% of respondents said border states deserve help dealing with the wave of illegal immigration. Only 24% said states should have to deal with it on their own.
The poll included 1,200 registered voters and had a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points.