Majority Want Deportation Sped Up for Central American Kids, Even Those Eligible for Asylum
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A poll shows a majority of Americans want deportation proceedings sped up for the wave of Central American children showing up at the nation's border, including the deportation of kids who are eligible for asylum.
That poll was released today by the Pew Research Center, which showed that 53 percent of the people surveyed found it okay to deport kids faster, regardless of whether they have legitimate asylum claims.
As you can see in the graphic below, the Republicans said 2-to-1 that the nation's immigration policy should be neglected in favor of speeding up deportation. Even an easy majority of independents and half of Democrats agreed.
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The poll, which involved surveys of more than 1,800 adults, found that fewer than 40 percent of people thought the country should stick with its current immigration policy.
The law at hand, which was signed in 2008, requires that an unaccompanied child not from Canada or Mexico who arrives in this country "be promptly placed in the least restrictive setting that is in the best interest of the child' while awaiting immigration proceedings.
This law has led to protests, including local right-wingers attempting to stop a bus of children housed in compliance with this law, which further states that these children can be placed with family members. And that a "secure facility" should be avoided for the most part.
Contrary to what the majority of people said in this poll, organizations like the ACLU are fighting to get more of a shot in immigration proceedings for these children, and have filed a lawsuit claiming inadequate legal protection for the kids.
Several of the children the ACLU and other organizations are representing have legitimate asylum claims, according to the lawsuit.
Pew's immigration poll also found that fewer people now support a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants, although a majority remain in favor of it:
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