Poll finds most Americans don’t realize how bad the border crisis is. Here are the eye-popping numbers

· May 15, 2019  
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A recent national survey finds that most Americans don’t understand just how severe an illegal immigration situation this country is currently facing at the southern border.

The latest monthly Harvard/Harris poll, which was conducted between April 30 and May 1 among 1,536 registered voters, found that a mere 13 percent of respondents were able to accurately give the annual number of illegal immigrant apprehensions at the border (between 250,000 and 500,000) when asked “About how many people do you think are caught trying to enter through the southern border each year?” At the same time, a whopping 76 percent of respondents gave answers that were well under current levels.

The poll numbers were released by the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University and The Harris Poll.

Now, it should be noted that the 13 percent who got it right are only correct about previous levels of border apprehensions. Between fiscal years 2010 and 2018, the number of total apprehensions fluctuated between 300,000 and 500,000.

However, we’re currently dealing with record numbers at the border. If the current monthly rates hold, then the 12 percent of respondents who said that apprehensions are over 500,000 per year would be correct. In fact, according to federal government estimates based on the surging monthly totals so far, this fiscal year could see around one million apprehensions.

Here’s the rundown for all Americans to equip themselves with the information needed to grasp the state America finds itself in now:

If you weren’t aware of the severity of the immigration crisis, that ought to give you a pretty good snapshot. And that’s just a sampling of stories from the last few weeks.


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Author: Nate Madden

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