President Joe Biden has continually received criticism for his handling of the crisis at the southern border, and his approval with Americans is steadily declining as a result.
A new poll released by Associated Press found that only 35% of Americans approve of Biden’s handling of the southern border, a drop from 43% approval in April of this year. Only 60% of Biden’s own party approves of his work on the issue, and 64% of Americans overall disapprove.
The immigration issue has been a major problem for Biden. Since he took office illegal immigration has skyrocketed.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection released data in August showing that illegal immigration had increased by more than 300%.
“In August, U.S. Customs and Border Protection played an important role in Operation Allies Refuge and Operation Allies Welcome, as well as in support of the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Ida and the people of Haiti after their earthquake. We rose to those challenges even as we continued our vital work in support of our economy and national security at our ports of entry and along our borders,” said CBP Acting Commissioner Troy Miller. “In August, CBP processed a significant growth of legitimate travel and trade, with commercial truck transit on par with numbers at this point in Fiscal Year 2019, and passenger vehicle, pedestrian travel, and air travel numbers continuing to progress toward pre-pandemic levels.”
Data released in September showed that border patrol agents had more than 200,000 encounters with illegal immigrants, a major increase.
The issue grew even worse when an encampment of nearly 15,000 illegal immigrants formed just across the Texas border, drawing national attention. Many were captured only to be later released into the U.S. drawing more outrage.
“There are between 80,000 to 120,000 migrants transiting various countries headed towards the U.S. and under Biden a de facto open border,” said Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. “The [worst] is yet to come.”