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Poll: Republican Calls for Higher Law Enforcement Budget Up 34% Since 2014

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By    |   Monday, 03 Apr 2017 10:31 AM

Most Republicans want more spending on law enforcement for the first time since 2014, according to a poll from the General Social Survey. 

Polling Americans by party, the General Social Survey found that Republicans are more likely to think the government spends too little on law enforcement than independents and Democrats.

  • 67 percent of Republicans said spending on law enforcement is "too little."
  • 50 percent of independents and 46 percent of Democrats said the same.

In February, President Donald Trump vowed to "do more with less" in regards to federal spending, though he also promised to "fight violent crime," and to "give the local police, the local law enforcement, the right to go in and fight, and we back them monetarily and also otherwise," according to The Hill.

Despite his voicing support for law enforcement, and promising additional funding to fight illegal immigration, he plans to eliminate the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, which provides reimbursement to local law enforcement and government for the cost of jailing undocumented immigrants that have been convicted of a crime.

"We are concerned," Michael Hernandez, a spokesman for Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, told USA Today. "We've been a good partner with federal immigration authorities. We expect them to be good partners with us."

According to Yuma County, Arizona Sheriff Leon Wilmot, the federal government owes his states over $310 million for the cost of incarcerating undocumented immigrants, including medical bills for those who were sick, malnourished, or injured when arrested.

"I would say that I'm miffed," he told USA Today. "That's something we should be fully funding instead of cutting. I don't care what administration it is. If we have to pay those bills, they need to reimburse us."

GSS polled 1,900 adults with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points.

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