The Hispanic community in the U.S. is beginning to undermine Joe Biden’s support for his open borders immigration policies. Hispanic representatives in the country feel ignored by the Democratic administration’s measures, which also begin to harm the population that migrated in a legal and orderly manner.
Republican Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar recently criticized Biden for the immigration crisis and the consequences of the open borders policy.
“It’s very embarrassing that this is happening… no one really asks us, the representatives of the Latinos in this country, how do we feel about this? And I’m going to tell you that this is extremely embarrassing because do you know where those people wind up at? In our barriers, in neighborhoods and we do not know if those people are child sex traffickers if they’re drug dealers (…),” Salazar told Fox News.
“We need an immigration reform law because everything that’s happening is because of this government, and Mr. Biden promised that within the first 100 years of his presidency, he was going to present an immigration reform law and once again, he has dropped us, for the reconciliation bill, for child care, for healthcare, for long care and elderly care. Where are the immigrants?” the Republican stated.
In the elections of last November 3, 2020, Biden obtained 59 % of the Hispanic vote overall, according to the Pew Research Center; however, now 46 % of that population criticizes Biden’s performance.
“The immigration disaster at the border tends to impact Hispanics more directly, and the government’s performance on this issue is alienating Hispanics,” Henry Olsen, a researcher at the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC), told EFE news agency.
According to the most recent Economist/YouGov poll, only 21 % of Hispanics approve of Biden’s handling of immigration.
During his first months in office, Biden has not tried to curb the immigration crisis at the border caused by his policies framed to receive all unaccompanied children, pregnant women or families; a situation that has generated a massive arrival of migrants that has already gotten out of control.
Those who did enter legally do not see answers to the promises made by Biden during his election campaign. Most are waiting for the approval of an immigration reform that has not yet happened.
The study separates two migration issues: on the one hand the way Biden is dealing with “immigration problems” and on the other how he is “handling the border situation.”
Meanwhile, a majority (69 %) of Hispanics disapprove of Biden’s handling of the problems, while 23 % say the opposite and 9 % did not know how to respond.
Regarding the current crisis on the border with Mexico, the majority (68 %) of Hispanics disapprove of how he is handling the crisis, while 24 % believe he is handling it correctly.