Americans Favor Tougher Measures At The Border

Americans Favor Tougher Measures At The Border

In this article, Sheriff Mark Dannels (Cochise County, AZ) and Chair of the National Sheriffs' Association Border Security Committee, discusses the latest TIPP Poll results on the surge in Central American migrants arriving in the United States.

Sheriff Mark Dannels

In the face of a surge in Central American migrants arriving in the United States, Americans believe that local law enforcement should prioritize enforcing immigration laws.  Before transporting migrants across the country, they also prefer COVID and DNA testing.  Americans want transparency for the overall process and believe the news media should have unrestricted access to detention facilities.  Americans want authorities to notify and obtain permission from elected community leaders before relocating immigrants.  Americans want the government to prioritize citizens hard hit by the pandemic over migrants who have crossed the border regarding economic assistance. These are the main findings of a TIPP poll conducted for the National Sheriffs’ Association last week.

Immigration is a crucial component of the American success story.  However, doing so within the parameters of legality, contribution to society, and aiding those truly in need are paramount to the overall discussion.

Enforcement Of Immigration Laws Should Get Top Priority

Americans believe that local law enforcement should make enforcing immigration laws their top priority.

When asked what priority local law enforcement in your community should give to enforcing immigration laws on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest priority and 10 being the highest priority,

  • 42% think that the local law enforcement in their community should give it a high priority, a rating of 8 to 10, for enforcing immigration laws,
  • 34% said it should get moderate priority, a rating of 4 to 7,
  • 17% said low priority (1 to 3).
TIPP Poll Results Immigration Enforcement Priority - Chart

Unrestricted Media Access To Detention Centers

Americans rely on the media to keep them up to date on the situation at the border.  According to the majority, the news media should have unrestricted access to the detention centers and shelters where authorities are holding migrant minors at the southern border.

TIPP Unrestricted Media Access to Detention Centers - Chart

Americans Favor COVID Testing Of Migrants

Eight out of ten people are concerned that authorities transport migrants across the country without performing COVID testing, putting a strain on local resources.

Americans, who the pandemic has hit hard, believe that authorities should screen immigrants at the southern border for COVID before transporting them across the country.

TIPP Transportation of Migrants at U.S. Border - Chart

Americans Favor DNA Testing

There is a proposal for DHS officers to collect DNA samples from migrants over the age of 14 who arrive at the southern border.  Supporters of the plan argue that it aids in forming actual family relationships and identities at the border.  Access to the DNA would also help law enforcement in the country's interior while they go through court processes.  Opponents of the plan claim that collecting people's DNA violates their privacy.

Americans support DNA testing by a 67 percent to 17 percent margin.

TIPP Americans Want DNA Testing Of Immigrants at Border - Chart

Inform Community Leaders Before Transporting Immigrants

Almost eight out of ten people believe it is also critical that authorities inform and obtain the approval of elected community leaders before relocating migrants from the border to communities across the country.  One-half think it is very important, while 29 percent believe it is somewhat important.

Approval of relocating immigrants - Chart

Allocation of Resources

When it comes to economic assistance, Americans want the government to prioritize citizens hard-hit by the pandemic over migrants who have crossed the border.

Priority for Economic Aid - Chart

Americans favor stricter measures at the border.  Now the question is, will the government listen to their opinion and implement policies that garner the country's support.

Sheriff Mark Dannels (Cochise County, AZ) is the Chair of the National Sheriffs’ Association Border Security Committee.

About the survey

TechnoMetrica conducted The TIPP Poll, an online survey for the National Sheriffs’ Association, from March 31 to April 3.  The nationwide study had a sample of 1,436 Americans, 18 or older, and TechnoMetrica's network of panel partners provided the study sample. Upon the study completion, TechnoMetrica weighted the study dataset by gender, age, race, education, and geographical region to mirror known benchmarks such as the U.S. Census. The credibility interval (CI) for the survey is +/- 2.8 percentage points, meaning the study is accurate to within ± 2.8 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Americans been surveyed. Subgroups based on gender, age, ethnicity, and region have higher credibility intervals due to smaller sample sizes.

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