A recent Pew poll found that 53% of Americans favor speeding up the legal process for Central American children who have recently crossed the border into the United States, even if that means that some of these children who are eligible for asylum are deported.
Only 39% of those polled favored the current policy, which guarantees a legal hearing for every child before they are deported or granted asylum. Even if it means that the children could remain in the U.S. for an extended period of time.
Interestingly, the poll also found that Hispanic Americans are split when it comes to speeding up the process with 47% speeding the legal process up and 49% favoring the current process.
Clearly, the messy situation at the southern border has increased the profile of the immigration issue on the national scene. In fact, another recent poll from the Gallup organization found that Americans now rank immigration and illegal aliens in the U.S as the most important issue, topping both the economy in general and unemployment. This represents a spike of 12% since June.