Most voters oppose having any illegal immigrant minors dumped in their states and believe that any legislation passed by Congress should focus on sending them back to their home countries as quickly as possible, according to a new Rasmussen Reports survey.
In the survey of 1,000 voters conducted this week, 57 percent said they do not want illegals sent to their communities, compared with 29 percent who approved. Fourteen percent of respondents were undecided.
Rasmussen released the survey results on Thursday.
But 59 percent said that any new immigration legislation passed by Congress should focus on quickly returning the more than 52,000 illegals who have been arrested at the U.S. border since October to their home countries.
Only 27 percent said any reform bill should focus instead on making it easier for the illegals to remain in the United States, while 14 percent were undecided.
In addition, 40 percent said that if the speedy deportation laws are not part of President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion request to address the border crisis, then Congress should not approve it.
That compared with 26 percent who said that the funding request should be backed regardless, while 34 percent responded they were not sure.
The Rasmussen survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
More than 90,000 illegal minors are expected to be arrested at the border by the end of the federal fiscal year in September, according to Obama administration estimates.
Earlier this week, a survey by the Pew Research Center
found that most Americans wanted a speedier deportation process, while a Gallup poll
found that illegal immigration remained the "top problem" facing Americans.
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