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Poll: Bipartisan frustration about border crisis directed at Feds

Published in Blog on April 21, 2023 by Jakob Fay

The vast majority of Americans hold the federal government accountable for failing to secure our southern border and believe border states have the right to step up where D.C. has failed, according to new polling from Convention of States Action and The Trafalgar Group.

Nearly 90% of voters say the federal government should be responsible for bearing the costs of the border crisis, relieving the burden on local and state law enforcement overwhelmed by the large increase in illegal immigrants, asylum seekers needing assistance, and increased drug cartel activity.

Despite that, a majority also do not think D.C. ever will secure the border. A full 68% are not confident that the federal government is focused on addressing the crisis or that it has a plan. In light of this, 74% of voters say that individual states have the right to protect their citizens and borders if the federal government fails to do so.

These numbers prove that the humanitarian crisis at the U.S./Mexico border has become a bipartisan issue. Across the political spectrum, Americans are fed up with the drugs, human trafficking, and other threats posed by Washington's refusal to address the issue.

To make matters, a Trump-era immigration order, Title 42, is set to expire next month, and Border Patrol agents have sounded the alarm that they are unprepared for “just how bad it’s going to get.”

“There are thousands and thousands just waiting for Title 42 to end,” said one agent, warning that the crisis is likely about to worsen. “We can barely actively patrol the border now. When Title 42 ends, all of our resources, all of our little manpower that we do have, are going to be focused on processing. Field work will nearly cease to exist in my opinion.”

States like Texas must act now to secure the border. That’s why Convention of States Action is proud to help organize next week’s How Many More? Rally at the Texas Capitol in Austin.

“The head of U.S. Homeland Security refuses to admit there is a crisis on the southern border,” explained Convention of States President, Mark Meckler, “and Americans are watching daily as fentanyl and illegal aliens stream across our border and cartels blatantly engage in human trafficking. Folks are desperate for someone to step in and actually do something. Whether it’s negligence and incompetence, or political animus, the federal government has failed to execute one of its most essential functions. There’s a growing movement in the State of Texas—which these numbers reveal has the backing of the overwhelming majority of Americans—in support of legislation that would empower the Lone Star State to repel this ongoing invasion and fix the problem. Something can be done to address this crisis, and Texas must lead the way."

According to a Convention of States press release, “[t]he rally will serve as a call for Texas leaders like Governor Abbott and other state office holders to take immediate strong and decisive action. The potential actions include, among other things, declaring an “invasion” at the southern border, securing the passage of Texas HB 20 (which will create a Texas Border Protection Unit), and declaring the cartels as terror organizations.”

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