According to a new poll from Scott Rasmussen and RMG Research Inc, a majority of Americans supports sending migrants to sanctuary cities: 51% are in favor of the policy.
The poll was taken in the wake of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sending a plane of migrants from the southern border to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.
“Among registered voters, 51% supported sending migrants to sanctuary cities, 29% did not and 21% were unsure, the poll found. Another 48% strongly or somewhat approve of border state governors sending some illegal immigrants to places like New York, Chicago and Martha’s Vineyard specifically, beating out the 38% who strongly or somewhat disapproved,” The Daily Caller reports.
“This polling confirms what all Americans know to be true: the open-borders policies of the Biden Administration are wildly unpopular,” America First Legal vice president and general counsel Gene Hamilton told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “It also confirms that the American people desire immigration enforcement at our border that is at least as effective as what the elites in Martha’s Vineyard have — where illegal aliens are promptly deported within 24 hours of their arrival.”
From The Daily Caller:
Most respondents thought places like Martha’s Vineyard were being inconsistent: 63% said it was hypocritical for sanctuary cities to complain about migrants being sent there. The majority of likely voters (61%) thought it was fair to say that cartels had more control over the southern border than the U.S. government, and 60% thought the government’s failure to control the southern border was a bigger problem than border states sending migrants to places like Martha’s Vineyard.
The poll also found a 41% approval rating for President Joe Biden.
The survey polled 1,200 registered voters Sept. 20-21 with a margin of error of 2.8%.
DeSantis recently commented on a class action lawsuit filed against him for flying the 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard from the southern border.
“Those migrants are being treated horribly by [President] Biden. They were hungry, homeless; they had no no opportunity at all,” the Republican governor said.
“It was volunteer, offered transport to sanctuary jurisdictions, because it’s our view that, one, the border should be secured, and we want to have Biden reinstitute policies like ‘Remain in Mexico’ and make sure that people aren’t overwhelming,” he continued.
“But short of that, if you believe in open borders, and this is sanctuary jurisdictions that should have to bear the brunt of the open borders. So that’s what we’re doing,” he said.
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