Poll shows American views on immigration

AUSTIN -- In a newly released Associated Press-GfK poll, Americans discuss their views on the nation's immigration crisis.

AP-GfK Poll: Full Results

According to the poll, most say the U.S. does not have a moral obligation to accept asylum seekers generally. Fifty-three percent say it's not a responsibility that the nation owes to undocumented immigrants. Forty-four percent believe the country does have that responsibility.

The issue remains a point of contention among political parties. The nation still hasn't made any move to help the problem.

According to the poll, most Americans don't like the current process for handling unaccompanied children. It requires that they stay in the U.S. as they wait for a deportation hearing. Thirty-two percent of those polled support an Obama measure that calls for using emergency funding to speed up the process. Fifty-one percent favor a Republican proposal that calls for sending all unaccompanied children back to their home countries without a deportation hearing.

Despite the frustrations, no substantial change has been made. The poll shows that more Americans place the bulk of the blame for that on Republicans in Congress. Forty-four percent say they deserve all or a lot of the blame. 36 percent say it falls on Democrats and 38 percent say it's up to President Obama.

The poll ran from July 24 through the 28.


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