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Half of Americans Oppose Immigrant Detention Camps, Reuters/Ipsos Poll Finds

  • American citizens don’t agree with Trump’s plan to build immigrant detention camps. 

According to the most recent polls, half of U.S. voters are completely against putting immigrants in the country illegally into detention camps as they wait for deportation. These results would suggest that Americans might be taking harsher enforcement plans than Donald Trump is taking into consideration.

Out of all the registered voters, 53% completely oppose the idea of detention camps, 36% support this move, and 10% say they didn’t know nor responded. However, 56% declared that most, if not all, illegal immigrants in the U.S. should be deported.

Moreover, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made cracking down on illegal immigration a central plank of his reelection campaign against Democratic President Joe Biden. Immigration came as the number one issue for voters, especially Republicans, in the run-up to the November 5 election.

The New York Times reported last year that former President Trump if ever reelected, plans to build even wider camps to hold immigrants pending possible deportation.

In an interview with Time Magazine published in April, Trump admitted he would consider using camps, even if they wouldn’t be needed, considering how fast he plans to deport illegal immigrants.

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Tom Homan, a former Trump immigration official who might join a second administration, declared that tents might be required as increasingly more immigrants in the U.S. are illegally arrested and held for deportation, exceeding existing detention space.

“We will have to hold them somewhere,” he stated in the interview. Moreover, Homan added that those tents would adhere to detention standards set in place by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and that they wouldn’t resemble “concentration camps.”

Back in 2020, Biden defeated Trump, vowing to reverse the wide majority of Trump’s hardline immigration policies. However, he struggled with record numbers of migrants caught while they were crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.

That’s when Biden decided to toughen his approach to the border in the run-up to the election. Biden campaign spokesperson Maca Casado declared in a statement that Americans “wish to have border security and immigration solutions, not the cruel, ineffective chaos Donald Trump has in store.”

85% of Republican voters in the most recent Reuters/Ipsos poll said most if not all, illegal immigrants in the U.S. should be deported, and only 26% of Democrats and 61% of independents agreed to this idea. However, fewer voters agreed with the statement that they should be arrested and put in detention camps as they wait for their deportation hearings.

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