On July 29, 2014, the New York Times featured an article about PRRI’s latest poll which surveys Americans on unaccompanied children arriving in the United States from Central America. In Julia Preston’s “Poll Finds Support for Treating Child Migrants as Refugees,” she notes nearly 7-in-10 (69 percent) Americans say the children should be treated as refugees and should be allowed to stay “if authorities determine it is not safe for them to return to their home country.”
Preston also quotes PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones, who says:
“There is broad consistency for a policy offering support for the unaccompanied children and a determination process, not just an open door […] At the same time, there are concerns that policy may bring some negative consequences, and the situation has raised people’s concerns about immigrants overall.”
To read the article in its entirety, click here.