Nearly Two-Thirds Of Registered Voters Support Deporting All Illegal Immigrants: Poll
JACUMBA HOT SPRINGS, CA - JUNE 08: Asylum seekers are processed by U.S. Border Patrol agents after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border on June 8, 2024 in Jacumba Hot Springs, California. U.S. President Joe Biden on June 4 unveiled immigration order severely limiting asylum-seeker crossings.
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Around six in ten registered voters, including one-third of Democrats, would favor the U.S. government deporting all illegal immigrants, according to a new poll.

The CBS News/YouGov poll published on Sunday found that 62% of registered voters support a new national program to deport all illegal immigrants, similar to a plan that has been proposed by former President Donald Trump, who promised to carry out the “largest deportation” operation in American history if he is re-elected. A majority of those surveyed also support giving local law enforcement the power to identify illegal immigrants living in the U.S.

The poll surveyed 1,615 registered voters across the U.S. between June 5 and 7 and “oversampled” people in the seven battleground states: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

In an interview with Time Magazine earlier this year, Trump said that his massive deportation plans would involve the National Guard.

“These aren’t civilians,” Trump said of the illegal immigrants crossing the U.S. southern border in record numbers under President Joe Biden. “These are people that aren’t legally in our country. This is an invasion of our country.”

“You have to do what you have to do to stop crime and to stop what’s taking place at the border,” he added.

In 2021 — Biden’s first year in office — there were an estimated 10.5 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. Since that time, millions more illegal immigrants have flooded across the border. Customs and Border Protection has reported around eight million southwest land border encounters with illegal immigrants over the past three and a half years.

That number doesn’t count “gotaways” who have crossed into the U.S. without detection. Under the Biden administration, there have been an estimated 1.7 million “gotaways,” according to Border Patrol.


The CBS News poll also found wide support for Biden’s recently signed executive order on the border that Trump and Republicans have slammed as “weak.” The president’s executive order will shut down temporary asylum requests if the average of daily border encounters hits 2,500 among official ports of entry. Among those surveyed by CBS News, 70% said they approve of Biden’s latest action on the border, while 30% disapprove.

Trump, however, was the most trusted by those surveyed to decrease illegal border crossings. Seventy percent of respondents said Trump’s policies would decrease crossings, while only 20% said Biden’s policies would do the same. Forty-nine percent of those surveyed said Biden’s policies would increase illegal border crossings.

Trump continues to lead Biden in the 2024 presidential race, according to the poll, standing at 50% nationally while Biden came in at 49%.

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