Last month, President Donald Trump shocked (and angered) most Americans when he ended DACA- putting around 800,000 young immigrants at risk for deportation. Scrolling through Social Media and many other platforms, there is no denying that a majority of our country disagrees with 45's immigration policies. However, as he continues to map-out his plans for immigration, maybe we should let the numbers do the talking.
The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research put together a new poll that collected responses about topics concerning Trump's recent policies. To no surprise, a majority of Americans have negative opinions on the matter. Only 1 in 5 Americans want to deport "dreamers" - in terms of percentage, 60% of Americans support allowing them to stay in the U.S.
These young immigrants, who were brought here illegally by no choice of their own, have been the topic of political debate between the White House and Congress for the past month. On Sunday evening, Trump gave lawmakers a choice between two of his immigration plans. The No. 1 plan on his agenda is to build a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border, and as per his priority, he says in order for him to protect dreamers from deportation, the building of the wall must be approved.
Despite 68 percent of Hispanics, 61 percent of Blacks, and 57 percent of Whites who support the protection of these young immigrants, the fate of their future is ultimately still up in the air. At this point, one can only hope that the 8 in 10 Democrats and 4 in 10 Republicans who support their legal stay will prevail. While numbers often prove to be more effective than opinion – even if the opinion resonates with a majority of the country– the results of these polls may make a difference.