A recent Pew Research Center survey shows that the majority of American adults favor accelerating children deportations regardless of whether they are eligible for asylum, TIME reports.
Over 50,000 unaccompanied minors have illegally escaped to the U.S. over the past nine months, often fleeing violence and poverty in Central America. But 68 percent of Americans (77 percent of Democrats) favor legal status for the youths’ citizenship, down from 73 percent (81 percent) in February.
“We’re definitely seeing a large uptick in anti-immigrant rhetoric since children have been coming in from Central America,” says Deborah Lauter, the Anti-Defamation League’s civil rights directory. “This humanitarian crisis is really providing fodder for it.”
President Obama has declared the influx a humanitarian crisis and proposed legislation that would accelerate the removal process for immigrant children.