It appears that a strong majority of Americans favor the DACA program. A February 6th poll released by Quinnipiac University showed that 81% of registered voters support keeping immigrants who were brought to the country as children to remain in the United States and apply for citizenship.
This vast support for the DREAMers, immigrants brought to the United States as children, runs counter to public opinion on a key aspect of President Trump’s campaign: building a border wall. When it comes to building the wall, only 37% of voters support the plan. Even President Trump’s base, white men without a college degree, are split on the idea of building a border wall. The group that has been Trump’s biggest supporters are split about 50-50 on supporting the plan.
VERDICT: This poll runs counter to the rhetoric being put out by the Trump Administration. President Trump has consistently attempted to couple passing DACA with securing funding for a border wall with Mexico. However, there is clear support for one (DACA) and very clear opposition for the other (the wall).
It will be curious if and when legislators in Congress will listen to the voices of their constituents and stop the fight for a border wall, even though the President remains to be a strong supporter of the plan. As immigration talks begin next week in the Senate, we will have to see what the conversation looks like.