Poll: Americans Support Ending Catch-and-Release

Americans may differ on how to handle children coming across the border with their illegal alien parents, but new polling numbers show an overwhelming majority of us agree they should not be released into the U.S.

The latest Economist/YouGov Poll shows 3:1 opposition to the Democrats' catch-and-release policy. Democrats have labeled President Trump's executive order holding families together "indefinite family detention."

“What we need is a legislative fix to detain the kids with their kids until their case is over. Congress can change that, but there's no way any Democrats are going to vote for it,” says Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies.

“People who have been going hysterical about this family separation policy are not interested in doing a better job of keeping families together while they're detained,” he says. “What they want to do is make sure that nobody gets detained and they're all just released into the United States.”

Krikorian says the concept of bringing children across the border ballooned after President Obama's push for amnesty.

“Repeatedly, illegal aliens have told reporters they brought their kids because they understood it would be essentially a get out of jail free card for them, so that has to stop.”

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