Record Percentage of Americans Now List 'Immigration' As the Nation's 'Top Problem'

Brittany M. Hughes | June 25, 2019
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A record high percentage of Americans now list “immigration” the top problem currently facing the United States.

According to a new Gallup poll, while 26 percent of Americans still rank “the government” as “most important problem” facing the nation, a record-high 23 percent now say the country’s No. 1 issue is immigration.

Gallup also asked respondents whether they think immigration levels in the U.S. should be increased, decreased, or kept the same. While 37 percent of Americans said immigration numbers should be kept at their current level, more said immigration should be decreased (35 percent) than increased (27 percent). 

Gallup also added that “Americans still view immigration positively in general, with 76% describing it as a good thing for the country today and 19% as a bad thing.” 

However, it’s worth noting that the popular research group never made a distinction between legal and illegal immigration – two entirely separate issues – in any of their questions, simply referencing “immigration” in general. 

It’s no surprise that more Americans are now paying more attention to immigration – particularly illegal immigration – than in the past. With the left-leaning media having largely ignore the issue of overcrowded border facilities and overwhelmed agents during the Obama administration, the Trump era has brought new levels of scrutiny on how federal authorities are dealing with unprecedented numbers of illegal aliens flooding across the Southwest U.S. border. While liberal lawmakers like New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accuse the administration of running “concentration camps” at the border, hundreds of thousands of migrants, largely from Central American nations, continue to stream in from Mexico with no end in sight.

And apparently, no additional funding to deal with them, either.