- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 31, 2014

Most voters give a thumbs-down to President Obama’s managing of the recent illegal-immigration crisis and want the thousands of border-crossing children to be sent home as soon as possible, according to a poll released Thursday.

A Rasmussen Reports survey found that 53 percent of likely voters polled said the president was doing a “poor job” grappling with the influx of unaccompanied minors entering the country illegally, while just 22 percent said the president is doing a good or excellent job.

The poll also found that 54 percent of those surveyed “want the U.S. government to send these new illegal immigrant children home as quickly as possible,” while 36 percent said the administration should move slowly “to determine whether any should be allowed to stay.”

“This marks a slight increase in favor of quick deportation from earlier this month,” said the Rasmussen analysis.

What’s more, 54 percent said they believe Mr. Obama wants most of the newly arrived immigrant children to remain in the country, while just 22 percent said he’s interested in sending them back to their families. Fully 24 percent said they’re not sure what he has in mind.

A plurality — 46 percent — of those polled said they think the administration “through its statements and policies has encouraged this wave of thousands of illegal immigrant children.”

At least 57,000 unaccompanied minor children from Central America have crossed the border since October. Critics say the flood can be traced to Mr. Obama’s signing in June 2012 of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals memorandum.

The memo gives prosecutors leeway in cases involving illegal immigrants who arrived as children, but the policy is being billed by human traffickers as a free pass. Reports are widespread that smugglers are telling those in Central America that if they enter the United States as children, they can stay.