In July 2019, When Americans are asked to name the most important problem facing the nation edging out the government/poor leadership, Immigration was the most important issue for Americans in each month since January 2017. The Gallup has recorded that immigration mentions from those polled reaching its highest point in June at 23%, but July broke that record with mentions climbing to 27%, and it is the highest percentage naming that issue in Gallup’s history of asking the “Most Important Problem” question Since the Gallup began regularly recording mentions of the issue in 1993, immigration has been recorded by an average of 6% of Americans, though it has been higher in recent years
When Americans concerns about immigration as the topmost problem which has increased by a significant margin, it has reflected real-world events as political attention being paid to the topic and fluctuating importance of other issues and news coverage.
The latest polling, Gallup said, the U.S. government continues to struggle to handle the influx of Central American immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Gallup attributed the rise in Americans’ concern about immigration to the “dramatic images of overcrowded detention centers” and descriptions of the situation as “a crisis” by representatives of both major political parties this crisis have likely contributed to the rise in concern.
Despite differences, on how to solve that crisis, Congress and President Donald Trump worked together and signed legislation in June adding more than USD4 billion funds to address the situation and mitigate problems at the border including support of migrant children held in the U.S. custody.
Immigration was arguably the top issue in Trump’s 2016 campaign which was largely based on the promise that he would build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, and since taking office, immigration has been Trump’s signature issue but he too has been unable to pass favored legislation on the issue, including the full amount of funding to extend the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Many of his attempts to circumvent the legislative process have also been blocked by Congress and the courts.
However, this immigration is likely to remain a top issue for Americans, particularly when the large numbers of immigrants are attempting to enter the country illegally.