Americans believe that the crisis of migrants arriving through the southern border and into the United States is increasing the exploitation of transported women subjected to servitude, prostitution, and other forms of exploitation. Further, the crisis is increasing preventable deaths of many immigrants during transport due to causes such as drowning and dehydration, an increase in COVID cases in the United States, and a spike in drug trafficking because of the influx.
These are the key findings of a TIPP poll conducted for the National Sheriffs' Association last week.
Effective immigration policies and a secure southern border are critical components of a more secure America. However, we must do so within the bounds of legality, societal contribution assisting those in genuine need, and without excessive partisanship. This is critical to our country’s overall success.
Unfortunately, current border security policies have empowered the criminal cartels, human smugglers and traffickers in heroin, methamphetamines and fentanyl, while leaders in Washington, DC, have remained ineffective at combating this enormous crisis hurting our border communities and briskly moving to the United States’ interior.
Increase In Abuse Of Women
The NSA/TIPP Poll shows that 55% of the public thinks that the border situation is increasing abuse of migrant women transported and coerced into indentured servitude, prostitution, etc.
We defined respondents from the four states of Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas as border states respondents for analysis. A significantly higher number of residents of border states (65%) think so compared to non-border states (52%). The feeling is shared by:
- 53% of Democrats
- 61% of Republicans
- 53% of Independents
- 63% of Conservatives
- 51% of Moderates
- 56% of Liberals
Increase In Avoidable Deaths Of Migrants
News reports frequently feature stories about the tragic plight of transported migrants, some of whom die due to drowning, vehicle accidents, dehydration, and other causes.
These deaths are avoidable if the U.S. implements effective immigration policies and reduces the number of people crossing the border.
The latest NSA/TIPP Poll also shows that 58% think that the border situation is increasing preventable of migrants due to drowning, vehicle accidents, dehydration, etc.
Compared to non-border states, residents of Border States are significantly more likely to believe that the border situation is increasing avoidable deaths, 68 percent vs. 55 percent. The feeling is shared by:
- 60% of Democrats
- 59% of Republicans
- 57% of Independents
- 65% of Conservatives
- 53% of Moderates
- 61% of Liberals
Increase In COVID Cases
One-half of Americans (50%) believe that the southern border situation contributes to increased COVID cases in the United States. Immigrants who face challenging situations while traveling to the United States are most likely carriers of the coronavirus. They are likely to spread COVID when transported and relocated within the United States. The belief is shared by:
- 46% of Democrats
- 64% of Republicans
- 44 of Independents
- 65% of Conservatives
- 48% of Moderates
- 35% of Liberals
Drug Trafficking Laws Are Ineffective
One-half of Americans believe that the current U.S. policies relating to preventing the smuggling of opioids and heroin across the U.S. border are ineffective. The situation has worsened on the southern border. Contraband substances such as Fentanyl, heroin, and opioid have increased.
Americans of all stripes and ideologies agree that the nation's policies are ineffective. The share by the party of those who share this feeling:
- 38% of Democrats
- 66% of Republicans
- 58% of Independents
- 55% of Conservatives
- 51% of Moderates
- 46% of Liberals
As the survey results show, the immigration issue affects all Americans. And the American people are united in their desire for answers. They expect our elected leaders to devise solutions to the problem.
About The Survey
TechnoMetrica conducted The TIPP Poll, an online survey for the National Sheriffs' Association, from April 28 to April 30. The nationwide study had a sample of 1,300 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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