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Poll: 67% Of Likely Voters Say Illegal Immigration Is A Serious Problem, Most Believe Democrats Don't Want To Stop It

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A new Rasmussen poll conducted this week indicates that 67% of likely United States voters believe that illegal immigration is a "serious problem" in the country today, but the plurality of those who took the survey do not believe that the Democratic Party in Congress "wants to slow or stop illegal immigration."

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The percentage of likely voters who said illegal immigration is a "serious issue" has not changed since a similar poll conducted in January asked the same question. Furthermore, it could be argued that Americans are becoming less concerned with illegal immigration during President Trump's time in office as a similar 2015 poll found that 80% of likely voters said that it was a serious issue. 

But the poll of 1,000 likely voters, conducted April 2-3 via telephone and online surveys, also found that 47% "say [illegal immigration] a Very Serious one." On the opposite side, 32% say illegal immigration is not a serious problem. 

If poll answers are broken down across political party lines, "72% of Republicans see illegal immigration as a Very Serious problem, while "only 28% of Democrats agree." 

When asked "Do most Democrats in Congress want to slow or stop illegal immigration?" Just 31% of likely voters said that Democrats in Congress want to "slow or stop illegal immigration." Comparatively, 70% of those polled said they believe Republicans want to stop the flow of illegal aliens. 45% of those polled believe the Democratic party does not want to stop illegal immigration at all. 

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The poll also found that "48% favor halting U.S. foreign aid to Mexico and governments in Central America that refuse to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into this country." 

These numbers were released the same day that President Trump told law enforcement officials that those seeking to come to the United States that, "Whether it’s asylum, whether it’s anything you want, it’s illegal immigration, can’t take you anymore. Our country is full, our area is full, the sector is full, can’t take you anymore. I’m sorry, can’t happen, so turn around -- that’s the way it is." 

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