Nearly half of voters prefer to keep illegal immigrants in federal custody while they await hearings rather than release them into the U.S., according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.
When asked, 46% of registered voters surveyed said they prefer "holding illegal immigrants in detention centers" if they unlawfully cross the border, while 36% said they're fine with "releasing illegal immigrants while they await hearings."
The Biden administration last month reinstated what critics derisively refer to as a "catch-and-release" policy for illegal immigrants. The U.S. southern border has seen a massive influx of illegal immigration following Biden's inauguration after the candidate promised a more humane immigration policy relative to former President Donald Trump's.
The survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted by Rasmussen using a mixed-mode approach from March 18-20, 2021, and had a margin of sampling error: +/- 2.8 percentage points.