One-third of Texans support Trump wall, survey says

One-third of Texans support Trump wall, survey says

One in three Texas residents, an adjoining state with Mexico, supports US President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the border, according to a new survey. The survey, conducted by The Texas Lyceum and facilitated today by Efe, asserts that 61% of respondents oppose this project of the New York magnate, which represents a slight increase compared to a similar survey published by this center in late 2016. This year, however, the percentage of respondents who identified themselves as Hispanic and who supported the construction of the barrier increased from 18 percent in 2016 to 25 percent. The study also found that roughly half of Texans oppose “sanctuary” cities, where local authorities choose not to comply with federal immigration laws to help undocumented immigrants. However, more than 90 percent of respondents believe that local police should be allowed to ask about immigration status if they arrest a person for a crime, according to the Texas Liceo immigration opinion poll released this month. The percentage drops dramatically – up to 44% – when citizens are asked whether local authorities should verify a person’s immigration status when detained for a traffic violation. Nearly two-thirds of Texans “strongly” supported that undocumented immigrants who have been in the country for a “long” period of time and pay taxes, have no criminal record and learn English can access citizenship. On the other hand, about 75% agreed that companies should verify the immigration status of potential employees and increase fines for those who hire people without papers. Another finding of the survey is that 62% of Texas residents believe that immigration helps the United States more than it harms the country, which is an increase of eight percentage points over the previous work. The survey, which had a sample of 1,000 Texans and was supervised by University of Texas professors, ran from April 3 to 9 and has a margin of error of +/- 3.1%.

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