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Poll: Troops Don't View Immigration as an Emergency

Poll: Troops Don't View Immigration as an Emergency

Reinforcement work under way at a fence on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande river. (Kyodo via AP)

By    |   Monday, 18 February 2019 04:50 PM

U.S. troops don’t view immigration across the southern border or Mexico itself as much of a national security threat, a recent Military Times poll has shown.

The survey, taken last October — and analyzed in the wake of President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency last Friday — questioned nearly 900 active-duty troops, finding 60 percent believed immigration was either a small threat to U.S. national security, or no threat at all. 

Twenty-three percent labeled the issue as a significant or very significant threat.

Likewise, 77 percent of respondents viewed Mexico as a small threat or none whatsoever, while 9 percent described it as a significant or very significant threat.

Much more pressing concerns, in the eyes of troops, included cyberterrorism — with nearly 90 percent saying they considered it either a significant or very significant threat; Russia, with over 70 percent feeling that way; and China, with nearly 70 percent agreeing. 

White nationalists were viewed as a significant or very significant threat by over 30 percent, the poll showed.

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U.S. troops don't view immigration across the southern border or Mexico itself as much of a national security threat, a recent Military Times poll has shown.
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