Two weeks ago, House Republicans passed a border supplemental bill that would’ve undercut due process for Central American children coming to the US border by expediting their removals, not necessarily after a fair hearing.
But according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll, most Americans say children fleeing violence should be able to stay for at least awhile. Fifty-one percent of Americans surveyed said they shouldn’t be deported, including 38% who wanted the US to care for the children until it was safe for them to return to their home countries, and 13% who believed they should be allowed to stay.
Thirty-two percent of those surveyed said that the migrant children should be swiftly deported.
“Overall, people are humane and they understand that no matter what our situation is with the budget, whether or not we can afford this, these are kids. No matter what the immigration system is, they are innocent,” Lance Lee of Alabama, who took part in the survey, told Reuters.