Poll: Large Majority Sees ‘Crisis’ At Southern Border

A recent poll showed that a large majority of Americans describe the current situation at the southern border as a serious issue, with almost half of voters calling it a “crisis.” The public sentiment came after 2023 recorded the highest level of attempted migrant crossings in the nation’s history and a number of cities buckled under the weight of the current migrant wave.

A recent CBS News/YouGov poll found that a significant majority of Americans expressed grave concern about the current situation at the border. Migrant flows have increased significantly since President Joe Biden took office in 2021.

Right now, 45% of Americans describe the current conditions at the border as a “crisis,” while another 30% call it “very serious.”

Only 7% say that it is “not much of a problem.” Those calling the situation a crisis has increased significantly since late last year. In addition, Biden received an approval rating of just 32% regarding his handling of border issues.

When asked how the administration was handling the border, 63% of Americans said that the White House “should be tougher,” while 21% said that Biden was “handling things right.” Another 16% said that the administration “should be easier” regarding the current issues.

Republicans are poised to begin impeachment hearings against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for what they describe as a dereliction of duty regarding the southern border.

The House Homeland Security Committee is planning its first hearing on the subject on Jan. 10.

Rep. Mark Green (R-TN), the committee’s chair, said that the “greatest domestic threat to the national security and the safety of the American people is Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.”

In addition to the overall total of more than two million migrants entering the country in 2023, December of that year set a new record for attempting crossings at more than 260,000.

Congress is also reportedly weighing additional border funding as part of ongoing budget talks. House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) each indicated that talks are progressing. However, it is not clear whether or not the funding will pass, and whether or not D.C. will avoid a government shutdown.