Child migrant surge changes tone of immigration debate

07/18/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

U.S. – The influx of children migrating to the U.S. from Central America has changed the tone of the longstanding political debate regarding immigration. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), many have expressed concerns about the impact the surge in migration is having on the U.S. southern border. A recent poll indicates there has been a 5 percent decline in support for the position maintained by Democrats favoring strengthening border security while developing a path to citizenship for millions who have been living in the country illegally.

According to the Pew Research Center poll, the proposed solutions continues to be a popular idea despite the decline, with 68 percent supporting it; however, some suggest the media spotlight on border control issues lead some to change their stance.

Roberto Suro, a former director of the Pew Hispanic Center and current University of Southern California journalism professor, is quoted by the AP as stating of the issue, “The most potent imagery in immigration politics has been when things are out of control… Those three words often spell a turn toward restriction, regardless of what the actual circumstance is.”

Some say the immigration surge will become a major point of political debate in the upcoming presidential elections.

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – U.S. Legal News

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