Only a third of Americans approve of Biden’s approach to the border crisis

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More than half of Americans disapprove of President Biden’s approach to immigration, while two-thirds like how he fights the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new poll.

Since Biden took office on January 20, his administration has faced a large influx of Central American migrants – mostly families and unaccompanied minors – who have crossed the border from Mexico.

The large spike in arrivals of undocumented and unaccompanied minors has overwhelmed customs and border security facilities and detention centers, as the federal government scrambles to arrange for teenagers as their asylum cases go through immigration courts.

The survey was conducted jointly by National Public Radio and Marist College shows that a small majority of Americans – 52 percent – approve of Biden’s overall performance. Earlier this month, 49 percent said the same.

The president receives top marks from Americans for his administration’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Overall, 65 percent of Americans approve of Biden’s pandemic-related policies, including 30 percent of those who voted for his opponent, former President Donald Trump, in the Nov. 3 election.

President Biden is getting high marks from voters for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, but a majority disapprove of his immigration policies, according to a new NPR / Marist poll.  The president can be seen above in the White House on Monday

President Biden is getting high marks from voters for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, but a majority disapprove of his immigration policies, according to a new NPR / Marist poll. The president can be seen above in the White House on Monday

Young minors who crossed the border from Mexico lie in a capsule at the customs and border protection facility in Donna, Texas on Tuesday.  Since Biden took office, his administration has faced a wave of unaccompanied minors crossing the border

Young minors who crossed the border from Mexico will be in a capsule at the customs and border protection facility in Donna, Texas on Tuesday.  Since Biden took office, his administration has faced a wave of unaccompanied minors crossing the border

Young minors who crossed the border from Mexico will be in a capsule at the customs and border protection facility in Donna, Texas on Tuesday. Since Biden took office, his administration has faced a wave of unaccompanied minors crossing the border

A small majority of Americans - 52 percent - approve of Biden's overall job performance, according to the poll released Tuesday by National Public Radio and Marist College

A small majority of Americans - 52 percent - approve of Biden's overall job performance, according to the poll released Tuesday by National Public Radio and Marist College

A small majority of Americans – 52 percent – approve of Biden’s overall job performance, according to the poll released Tuesday by National Public Radio and Marist College

According to party lines, 94 percent of Democrats approve of Biden’s handling of the pandemic, as do 64 percent of independents. Only 34 percent of Republicans approve.

Only 28 percent said they disapproved of Biden’s handling of the pandemic.

Since Biden took office, vaccine distribution has increased, while the rate at which Americans are vaccinated against COVID-19 has also steadily increased from week to week.

But recent figures show an increase in the number of newly diagnosed COVID-19 infections – this after a period of several weeks in which the number of new diagnoses, hospitalizations and deaths has steadily declined.

Biden directly appealed to governors, state and local leaders on Monday to restore mask-wearing requirements if they lifted them, saying he encouraged leaders to interrupt plans to further ease virus-related restrictions.

When asked about Biden’s way of dealing with the economy, 51 percent of NPR and Marist respondents said they approved it, while 41 percent said they disapproved.

The most difficult figure for the president remains his assessment, as it relates to public sentiment about the migrant crisis.

Young migrants lie in a capsule in the shelter facility of the Donna Department of Homeland Security, the main detention center for unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley, run by US Customs and Border Protection.

Young migrants lie in a capsule in the shelter facility of the Donna Department of Homeland Security, the main detention center for unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley, run by US Customs and Border Protection.

Young migrants lie in a capsule in the shelter facility of the Donna Department of Homeland Security, the main detention center for unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley, run by US Customs and Border Protection.

Under the supervision of a caretaker, young unaccompanied migrants, ages 3-9, watch TV in a box in the shelter facility of the Donna Department of Homeland Security, the main detention center for unaccompanied children

Under the supervision of a caretaker, young unaccompanied migrants, ages 3-9, watch TV in a box in the shelter facility of the Donna Department of Homeland Security, the main detention center for unaccompanied children

Under the supervision of a caretaker, young unaccompanied migrants, ages 3-9, watch TV in a box in the shelter facility of the Donna Department of Homeland Security, the main detention center for unaccompanied children

Only 34 percent of Americans approve of Biden’s border policy, while 53 percent say they disapprove.

On the immigration front, Democrats overwhelmingly support Biden, with two-thirds saying they approve. But for independents, that figure drops to 27 percent.

Only five percent of Republicans said they approved of Biden’s handling of the issue.

At the end of January, Biden’s overall approval score for immigration was 38 percent – a four-point improvement from its current status.

The Marists poll shows slight declines for the president compared to a poll released on Sunday ABC News / Ipsos, who found that 72 percent approve of his approach to the pandemic.

The Ipsos survey also found that 60 percent of Americans agreed with Biden’s way of dealing with the economy.

That survey mirrored the Marist Poll, which found that the majority of both independents (54 percent) and Republicans (89 percent) disapproved of Biden’s approach to the border situation.

The Marist Survey of 1,309 adults – 1,167 of whom are registered voters – was conducted between March 22 and March 25.

The US immediately expels the majority of migrants who cross the southern border, although a large number of unaccompanied children, whom the Biden administration has said will not expel them, have created logistical challenges.

More than 17,000 unaccompanied children were in US custody as of Monday, about 12,000 with the Department of Health and Human Services and the rest with Customs and Border Protection.

Monday, 446 children went into CBP custody, but only 229 went to HHS.

The Border Patrol holds many more children in prison on a daily basis than HHS, which leads to a big backlog.

Voters largely agree with Biden's handling of the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The image above shows Janis Daemmrich (right) getting her second injection of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday at a local pharmacy in Austin, Texas.

Voters largely agree with Biden's handling of the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The image above shows Janis Daemmrich (right) getting her second injection of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday at a local pharmacy in Austin, Texas.

Voters largely agree with Biden’s handling of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The image above shows Janis Daemmrich (right) getting her second injection of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday at a local pharmacy in Austin, Texas.

The Border Patrol is not allowed to hold children for more than three days, but HHS has too little space.

On Tuesday, the Biden government finally allowed journalists into its main border detention center for migrant children for the first time, after weeks of shutting down the media and releasing their own photos.

Tuesday’s tour revealed a severely overcrowded tent structure in Donna, Texas, where more than 4,000 migrants, including children and families, are crammed into pods.

The youngest are kept in a large box with mats on the floor to sleep, because the space has a capacity of 1,700 percent and the dormitories are full.

Border guards say 14 percent – about one in seven – of migrant children have tested positive for COVID, while photos also show inmates being treated for lice for fear of an outbreak.

Two thousand children have already exceeded their legal limit of 72 hours and at least 39 children have been trapped in the tight quarters for two weeks.

CBP allowed two journalists from The Associated Press and a team from CBS to tour the facility in the Rio Grande Valley.

It’s the same hideout that Senator Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican and another 18 Republicans visited this weekend – but this is the first time the press has been given a full tour.

The shelter has a capacity of 250 but more than 4,100 people were housed on site on Tuesday.

Most were unaccompanied children who were tented before being taken to HHS shelters and then placed with a relative, relative or sponsor.

Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security says twice as many migrants can cross the southern border this year as smugglers continue to escort families across the Rio Grande and thousands travel north from Honduras and Guatemala.

DHS figures suggest crossings could double from 400,000 last year to 800,000 by the end of 2021 – even after Biden said last Thursday that the situation was ‘normal’ and ‘happens every year’.

DHS expects about 500,000 to 800,000 migrants to arrive as part of a family group during the 2021 fiscal year ending September, according to a data analysis by The Washington Post

That could be double from fiscal year 2020, when 458,088 people were found at the southern border, said CBP data.

In addition, internal administration documents leaked to Axios show that unaccompanied minor arrests are expected to rise to 26,000 in September.

This month, about 16,000 minors crossed the border, a record high.