86% of Americans support the “dreamers” and the Deferred Action program (DACA) that protects them from deportation, while 62% criticize President Donald Trump’s immigration management, according to a survey released today by ABC News and Washington Post.
The nationwide survey of 1,002 adults found that 69 percent of respondents “firmly” support the program created by former President Barack Obama in 2012 to protect hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth who came to the country from children and that Trump announced its annulment earlier this month.
In this sense, 62% of the respondents disapprove of the president’s immigration policies, for 35% who were in favor of their decisions.
Americans were asked whether they support “a program that allows undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States if they came as children, finished high school or military service and have not been convicted of a felony,” DACA officials said.
This support covers all groups, including three out of four conservatives, 86% independents and 97% Democrats.
Support is 94% among Latinos, 93% among African Americans, and 84% among whites, according to the survey, which has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.
The White House announced on May 5 that it would cancel the program in six months and urged Congress to find a permanent solution to the 690,000 “dreamers” under DACA by March 5, 2018, according to figures from the Department of Homeland Security DHS).
A good number of Republicans say that to support this law, the border should be strengthened, a possibility that receives the support of 65% and the rejection of 27%.
In addition, 62% oppose the construction of a wall on the US border. with Mexico, an opinion that has remained stable since Trump proposed it for the first time, while 37% were in favor of lifting it.
On the application of immigration laws, while before Trump took office last January 6% thought management was “too hard”, now, with the magnate in the White House, almost half of those surveyed ( 45%) think in this regard.
Seventy-nine percent of respondents, who answered phone interviews between September 18 and 21, approved that employers review the immigration status of their workers and verify that hiring is legal through the federal “E-Verify” program.
In addition, 55% also oppose reducing legal immigration by half, another measure proposed by Trump, while the 39 supports it.
Most respondents said that undocumented immigrants do not commit more crimes than the rest of the country’s residents (69%), while 12% do think that the violent crime rate is more among irregular immigrants.