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Report: Majority Of Americans Don’t Want To Immediately Deport Refugee Children

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Report: Majority Of Americans Don’t Want To Immediately Deport Refugee Children

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A group of 16 Guatemalans receive instructions from an Hidalgo County Constable after they crossed the Rio Grande near Anzalduas Park outside McAllen, Texas, Junes 12, 2014. The group, from Guatemala, spent 3 weeks crossing Mexico. (Michael Robinson Chavez/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Many politicians, including President Obama, have been adamant that the Central American migrant children who have crossed the border in recent months should be returned home as soon as possible, in the name of representing the views of their constituents and the American people. But it turns out that a majority of Americans don’t agree with them.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted from July 31-August 5 shows that 51 percent of Americans think that the unaccompanied minors shouldn’t be deported right away; 38 percent think they should be taken care of until it’s proven safe for them to go back to their home countries, 13 percent believe they should be allowed to stay in the United States, and 32 percent say that the children should be sent home immediately.

The results cut across party lines, with 48 percent of Democrats, 30 percent of Republicans, and 37 percent of Independents saying that the children should be able to stay as long as necessary.

“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,” said Lance Lee, who participated in the survey.

This attitude is in stark contrast to what politicians are saying in Washington. President Obama has sent a very clear message that children who come here illegally will get sent home. Republicans have blamed Obama for the border crisis, arguing that his 2012 executive action that gives some young immigrants a chance to apply for work authorization encouraged children to illegally come to the United States.

“Do not send your children to the borders,” Obama said in an interview with ABC News. “If they do make it, they’ll get sent back.”

Though Obama has proposed humanitarian policies, such as a pilot program in Honduras that would screen children in their home countries to see if they qualify for refugee status before allowing them to travel to the United States, his main focus has been on securing funding to process these children and send them home. He asked Congress for $3.7 billion to help combat the border crisis.

The Senate responded with a bill that would provide $2.7 billion to cope with the crisis. But the bill was 10 votes short (50-44) of passing, due to Republican concerns that the bill is far too expensive, doesn’t make it easier for the United States to deport these children, and doesn’t do enough to discourage children from making the journey.

The House passed a $694 million bill right before leaving on recess, which would provide money to help mitigate the crisis at the border, reimburse Texas’ National Guard Troops, and significantly expedite the deportation process.

The pollsters say their survey shows that the public is not as angry about the border crisis as politicians and cable news would have everyone believe. It’s another case of politicians being one step behind what the American public actually wants.

“There are these really passionate, smaller pieces of the population that are really loud about it, but the broader public is much more ambivalent,” Ipsos pollster Chris Jackson said.

Photo: Los Angeles Times/MCT/Michael Robinson Chavez

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29 Comments

  1. matt August 12, 2014

    the story on deportations is propaganda the majority wants them gone

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    1. WhutHeSaid August 12, 2014

      …lied the drooling bigot.

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      1. matt August 12, 2014

        look you ignorant moron matt foley middletown nj come get some/or shut the f up lying imbecile

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        1. WhutHeSaid August 12, 2014

          I’m not homosexual, so you’ll have to ‘get some’ somewhere else, Tinkerbell.

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        2. Mark Forsyth August 12, 2014

          Somewhere in America there is a bridge waiting for you.You can take up residence underneath it with some other trolls,or you can do the world a big favor and jump off.

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        3. kenndeb August 12, 2014

          WhutHeSaid likes to threaten, but does not like to be confronted with actual consequences.

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          1. Sand_Cat August 12, 2014

            So “look you ignorant moron matt foley middletown nj come get some/or shut the f up lying imbecile” is what you call “consequences”?

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        4. Sand_Cat August 12, 2014

          When is your 14th birthday, Matt?
          Maybe we can all hope your thoughts and language might improve with age, though we won’t be holding our breath.

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  2. WhutHeSaid August 12, 2014

    Of course a majority of Americans oppose the drooling bigots in Congress and the despicable Tea Bigots. Most Americans are decent people, and these ARE innocent children. It also happens to be the law,

    It’s embarrassing to know that the entire world is watching America and shaking it’s collective head at the vile, racist goobers that we have running around wishing all manner of evil on these children. How anyone could be so despicable is beyond me, but I guess that sad truth is that racism is pretty far from extinct.

    If only we could just deport the despicable racists and bigots instead — we’d be that much better off. They are, after all, immigrants themselves.

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  3. Dominick Vila August 12, 2014

    The fact that most Americans favor giving women and children from Central America a hearing and an opportunity to explain why they should be granted refugee status, goes well beyond legal matters. Helping people in need is the centerpiece of Christianity, and one of the values successive generations of Americans have embraced. We welcomed refugees from Vietnam, we welcomed refugees from Syria and, virtually, from every corner of the world. The exception to that rule is, with the exception of Cubans, anyone who speak Spanish, and refugees from some Caribbean islands. The visceral hatred that a small, but vociferous, segment of our population show time and again, is influenced by cultural hatred, racism, ignorance, a total disregard of the law when it does not fit their goals, and a heavy dose of stupidity.

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    1. TMZ1928 August 12, 2014

      All of a sudden liberals, who have been waging a war on Christians for years, are utilizing Christianity as a club to hammer those who are opposed to the illegal invasion that is taking place on our border. These people from Central America are rushing the border as a result of messages relayed by Obama and the open borders crowd. They are not refugees. The Christians stranded on the mountain in Iraq have true refugee status.

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      1. Dominick Vila August 12, 2014

        Wow! I was unaware that there were different levels of Christians. As for liberals attacking Christianity, would you care to provide a couple of examples of what constitutes an attack against Christianity?
        Could it be voicing opinions that are different from yours? How about embracing values that are closer to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Ten Commandments, instead of the views or opinions voiced by some of the people that post in forums like this?

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        1. ralphkr August 12, 2014

          But, Dominick, there are definitely different levels of Christians. There are those Christians who believe in and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ which makes them liberals. There are those Christians who pick & choose and are Christian in name only since their true god is money and that makes them conservatives.

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          1. bobnstuff August 12, 2014

            Does that make them CINO’s

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      2. Sand_Cat August 12, 2014

        The “Christians stranded on the mountain” aren’t Christians, for starters.
        But it’s nice you brought it up, to help us all understand how little you know about Christianity.
        So now it’s evil to urge people to live by what they claim to believe? Yes, just another one of those evil liberal plots.

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      3. ralphkr August 12, 2014

        Your silly comment about liberals waging war on Christians is not possible, TMZ, since it is impossible to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ without being a liberal although it is possible to be a liberal without being a deist since any person with a true heart will become a liberal. Only those fake Christians (you know, the ones who truly worship money) who pick & choose their religious beliefs as if religion was a buffet and concentrate on the Old Testament instead of Jesus Christ could possibly consider being a conservative.

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        1. Dominick Vila August 13, 2014

          What the faithful don’t know is that they are being manipulated by a cynical enterprise, known as the GOP-TP, whose strategy is centered on Goebbels style misinformation. One of the most common tactics used by right wing demagogues is to accuse the opposition of the things they do routinely. In the case of illegal immigration, they use tactics such as claiming that Obama opened our Southern border to Mexicans and Central Americans to deflect attention from Reagan’s amnesty, and the fact that illegal immigration has been at an all time low, and deportations at an all time high, since Obama was inaugurated in 2009.
          Like they say, the best defense is a good offense.

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      4. bobnstuff August 12, 2014

        This may come as a surprise to you but there are liberal Christians, Christ was a liberal. The so called war on Christians was created by the right wing media. For a group that supports the constitution the separation of church and state sure gives them trouble. Also the only ones saying Obama opened the borders is right wing, the rest of use know better.

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      5. dpaano September 5, 2014

        You know, people like you give Christianity a bad name!!! The evangelical Christians are like mad dogs and have NO idea what the bible tells them to do! It’s a sad thing! WWJD, by the way……would he send these children back to be murdered…..I think not!

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  4. howa4x August 12, 2014

    The deportation frenzy that has gripped the republican party enough that they would have gleefully start a war on children. This is not new for them since the GOP has cut every program aimed at helping American children from Food stamps to Pre K education to denying healthcare through opposition to the Medicaid expansion. It seems like the good Christians that dominate the republican party think that claiming that there is a war on Christmas fulfills Christ’s message. They seem to miss the part about compassion and love and have replaced it with the celebration of greed, and hatred. Lest they remember that all these kids are defenseless Christians. This speaks more about the worship of Ayn Rand’s Darwinian belief than any biblical sermon, and says more about the philosophy of the GOP than any talking head could ever do.

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  5. Snowbeard August 12, 2014

    We have all misunderstood the message from the Tea Party, republicans, democrats, Independents, liberals, conservatives, all of us. The Tea Party has shown success in Congress. They’ve been able to elect a substantial minority in both houses. So long as they continue to do so, their message of severe cutbacks, cruel anti-immigrant rhetoric and many other stances will encourage those legislators to make mean spirited decisions. Only removal by election can reverse that trend.

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  6. James Bowen August 12, 2014

    Polls such as this one is unreliable. If one checks website visitation ratings and compares La Raza’s pathetically small viewership to NumbersUSA’s very large one, it is obvious where the public really lines up on this issue (so far as it is paying attention, that is).

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    1. ralphkr August 12, 2014

      Interesting reasoning, Mr Bowen, but you might consider that I visit NumbersUSA and WND at least 5 times a week and I have NEVER visited La Raza so, by your reasoning, that makes me a flaming conservative. I don’t believe that I mentioned hitting the NRA at least 3 times and the Concealed Weapon site at least 4 times a week which really cements my position as a super-conservative.

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      1. James Bowen August 13, 2014

        I think it is safe to say that most people who visit NumbersUSA are member activists.

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  7. ExRadioGuy15 August 12, 2014

    In response to the title of this article:
    Of course a majority of people don’t want to see refugee children immediately deported…that’s because they’re not Fascist bastards like nearly all of the GOP politicians are…the GOP Progressives and Moderates, who make up 66% of the VOTERS of the party, are not Fascists but are victims of the GOP’s nearly century-long Fascist “gaslighting” propaganda campaign. Part of that campaign is the adherence to the “obsession with national security” defining characteristic of Fascism, where the Fascist regime (the GOP in this case) try to gin up their lunatic base by falsely claiming that the country is at risk from an identified “enemy”.

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  8. TMZ1928 August 12, 2014

    The majority wants the existing immigration laws enforced. Without the rule of law and secure borders, we cease to be a country.

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    1. Sand_Cat August 12, 2014

      That document passed by Congress and signed by George W. Bush requiring due process before deportation for minors IS immigration law.
      If we simply ignore our own laws and the suffering of others for our own convenience, are we really a country worth having?

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    2. ralphkr August 13, 2014

      That certainly was proven by the First Nations of the New World centuries ago.

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  9. dpaano September 5, 2014

    Our politicians have stopped listening to us years ago….despite the fact that we pay their salaries!! It’s sad when the government, which is supposed to be OUR government actually belongs to the lobbyists and corporatists! I think we should stop paying their salaries and let them live off their bribes!! They don’t listen to their employers as it stands now and do whatever they want!

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