Author: EMILY GOODIN
President Donald Trump is getting slammed in a new poll in the wake of his ‘zero tolerance’ immigrationpolicy as the survey shows most Americans disapprove of the way he handled the family separation crisis.
A new Quinnipiac University poll found that 58 percent said they disapproved of Trump’s handling of immigration while only 39 percent approved.
However, 50 percent of those polled said they believe the motive behind the president’s immigration policies is ‘a sincere interest in controlling our borders.’
Martha Morales and Juan Manuel Gonzalez Camacho hug their grandaughter Aileen Gonalez and son Adrian Gonalez Morales as they are allowed to meet after a door is opened along the United States-Mexico Border
The country seems divided on whether or not Trump is racist.
Additionally 47 percent of respondents said they do not believe Trump is racist, compared with 49 percent who said he is while 44 percent said the motive for his immigration policies is ‘racist beliefs,’ the poll found according to Politico.
Trump’s immigration policies have been a political firestorm for his administration as both Democrats and some Republicans questioned the separation of migrant children from their families.
The president signed an executive order reuniting children and families but that hasn’t calmed the fury around the policy issue as it is unclear how and when the reunions are taking place.
More than 2,000 children were separated and put in the custody of the Department Health and Human Services.
The poll found that 60 percent thought the separation of families was a violation of human rights, and 83 percent said the administration has a responsibility to reunite families.
Trump, who has insisted that any immigration legislation includes money for a border wall and the end of certain legal immigration programs, has sought to blame Democrats, complaining they are unwilling to find a solution on immigration because they want to campaign on the issue.
Meanwhile, Republicans were unable to pass their own compromise immigration bill in a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives last week.
The poll found 60 percent agreed with Trump’s argument that Democrats are more interested in ‘exploiting the nation’s immigration issue for political gain,’ compared to 34 percent who said Democrats are more interested in ‘resolving the nation’s immigration issue.’
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted via landlines and cellphones in both Spanish and English, contacting 1,020 registered voters nationwide. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.7 points.