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Poll: Americans Think Mexico Should Pay US for Illegal Immigration Costs

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By    |   Friday, 02 Sep 2016 02:41 PM

More than half of Americans believe Mexico should reimburse the U.S. for the cost of illegal immigration, despite more positive attitudes towards the country than three years ago.

A new Rasmussen Reports poll of American adults shows a friendlier disposition towards Mexico, but many remain unsatisfied with illegal immigration.

The survey asked whether Mexico is a U.S. ally or an enemy, or somewhere in between:

  • Ally: 47 percent
  • Enemy: 4 percent
  • In between: 43 percent
  • Not sure: 6 percent

Asked if they agree that Mexico wants to stop illegal immigration into the U.S.:

  • Agree: 21 percent
  • Disagree: 50 percent
  • Not sure: 29 percent

Asked if Mexico should compensate U.S. taxpayers for the cost of illegal immigration:

  • Yes: 50 percent
  • No: 34 percent
  • Not sure: 15 percent

Rasmussen also asked these questions three years ago, in May, 2013.

On Mexico as a U.S. ally:

  • Ally: 30 percent
  • Enemy: 8 percent
  • In between: 52 percent
  • Not sure: 10 percent

On whether Mexico wants to stop illegal immigration into the U.S.:

  • Yes: 12 percent
  • No: 57 percent
  • Not sure: 32 percent

On Mexico compensating U.S. taxpayers for the cost of illegal immigration:

  • Yes: 54 percent
  • No: 29 percent
  • Not sure: 17 percent

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has called for the deportation of millions of illegal immigrants and the construction of a wall on the southern border, on Wednesday visited Mexico at the invitation of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Peña Nieto told reporters the meeting was "open and constructive," and that the next U.S. president, whoever it is, "will find in Mexico and its government" a neighbor who "wants to work constructively to strengthen even more," the Associated Press reported.

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