Texas Poll: Most Favor Swift Deportation of Illegal Immigrants

Image: Texas Poll: Most Favor Swift Deportation of Illegal Immigrants A Border Patrol agent escorts a group of illegal immigrants into custody near the U.S.-Mexico border in Havana, Texas.

Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 09:36 AM

By Melanie Batley

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
With hundreds of undocumented immigrants streaming across the Texas border every day, over half of Texans say the United States should deport them immediately, a new poll has found.

In the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll conducted May 30-June 8 of 1,200 adults, 54 percent of respondents said they "agree" or "somewhat agree" that people who illegally cross the border should be removed from the country immediately.

Forty percent of those surveyed say they "disagree" or "somewhat disagree" with swift deportation.

The poll, which has a margin of error of 2.8 percent, also found that 73 percent agree that "we should restrict and control people coming to live in the U.S. more than we do now."

Nevertheless, 60 percent say that newcomers from other countries "enrich Texas with their hard work and values."

"This tells us a lot about the continuing power of immigration and border politics in Texas," Jim Henson, co-director of the poll and head of the Texas Politics Project at UT-Austin, told The Texas Tribune.

Republicans were much more likely to take a hard-line approach to immigration issues than Democrats. Seventy-four percent of GOP voters support the idea of deportation, compared to 32 percent of Democrats. Among those who identified themselves as tea party supporters, 85 percent said they believed in immediate deportation.

"The harder-line conservatives have shifted this issue by the way they have talked about this issue," said Daron Shaw, a professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin and co-director of the poll, according to the Tribune. "The majority of Republican sentiment is moving in a more conservative direction in Texas."

The survey also looked at whether illegal immigrants should be eligible for in-state college tuition. Again, Republicans and Democrats came down on opposite sides of the issue.

Fifty-four percent of Democrats say undocumented immigrant students should be eligible for in-state college tuition, compared to 58 percent of Republicans who say they should pay higher, out-of-state rates.

On taxes, only 34 percent of Texas voters agree that "most immigrants pay their fair share of taxes," compared to 56 percent who disagree, the poll found.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Rep. Steve King: House Will Approve Border Funding Bill

Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 22:54 PM

Rep. Steve King said on Thursday that he believed House Republicans would approve legislation to pay for the immigration . . .

Homeland Security Report: Border Children Transmitting Diseases

Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 22:36 PM

An alarming Homeland Security inspector general memo says some of the migrant children who've poured across the southern . . .

Cuomo Retains Defense Counsel as Corruption Probe Widens

Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 22:19 PM

A criminal defense attorney says he's been retained by the office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a federal prosecutor  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved