(PartiallyPolitics.com) – On Sunday a new Fox News Poll was released which showed that while the economy is still considered the top issue to be considered by American voters, there has been an 8 percent increase in the number of people concerned about border security and immigration since August. The surge has occurred as the situation at the border has worsened and a growing number of people support the possibility of stronger border policies that can help increase security.
According to the new poll around 80 percent of voters believe that the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border constitutes either an emergency or a major problem, with 34 percent and 45 percent respectively. Similarly, in October voters had also viewed the border situation but a higher number of voters were likely to refer to it as an emergency, 48 percent, instead of a major problem, 37 percent.
Regarding increasing border security, one of the most supported tactics is the introduction of a higher number of border agents, with 79 percent supporting that idea. Around two-thirds of those questioned were in favor of deportation for those who had illegally entered into the U.S. while 64 percent have stated that businesses that hire illegal immigrants should be penalized. Sixty-two percent support the possibility of allowing illegal immigrants who already have a job in the U.S. to remain in the country and apply for legal status. When it comes to security at the border, 54 percent are also in support of constructing a border wall, and 59 percent support using the United States military at the border.
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