- 23% mention immigration as most important problem, highest in Gallup trends
- The government is the most commonly mentioned problem, at 26%
- Most Americans still say immigration a good thing for the U.S.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans’ concern with immigration continues to be heightened, as 23% name it the most important problem facing the country. This is by one percentage point the highest Gallup has ever measured for the issue since it first began recording mentions of immigration in 1993.
The June 3-16 poll was conducted as the U.S. continues to grapple with how to handle a surge of Central American immigrants at the U.S.-Mexican border. Gallup has previously found spikes in mentions of immigration as the most important U.S. problem at other times when the immigration debate intensified, including:
- 22% in July 2018 amid controversy over a U.S. policy to separate children and parents who were trying to enter the U.S. illegally
- 17% in July 2014, when a wave of young immigrants from Central American countries crossed the U.S. border illegally
- 19% in April 2006 as the Senate worked toward passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill it later passed but ultimately was not considered by the House of Representatives
Never underestimate the ability of some of President Trump’s most devoted supporters to delude themselves into thinking each one of his losses on immigration is actually a win. Case in point, the right-leaning Washington Times reported in earnest that House Democrats “blinked” by agreeing to “grant at least part of President Trump’s emergency border funding” request.
Which “part” did Democrats agree to fund? No, not the part that involves building the long-promised “wall.” It’s the part where illegal immigrants flooding in to the country get more free stuff.
As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a sprightly statement, “This legislation provides urgently-needed humanitarian assistance for families, including funding for food, shelter, clothing, medical care and legal assistance …”