Majority of likely voters view migrant caravans as a threat, poll finds

Majority of likely voters view migrant caravans as a threat, poll finds

The Mexican caravan heads toward the United States in early April.

WASHINGTON – A majority of likely voters view migrant caravans seeking illegal entry into the U.S. as a threat and are in favor of a temporary asylum pause, according to a poll released Monday.

The Rasmussen Reports survey found that 51 percent of the respondents said they believe the caravans pose a threat to public health and national security, compared with 41 percent who said they do not believe the caravans pose any kind of a threat.

The sampling included 1,000 likely voters and was conducted on Tuesday. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The survey comes one day after 500 Central American migrants fleeing poverty and gang violence tried to illegally cross into the the U.S. through Mexico. Mexican police arrested many of the migrants and the border was temporary closed.

President Donald Trump tweeted Monday that the migrants should be repatriated to their home countries and reiterated his request for Congress to allocate funds to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump has threatened a government shutdown if Congress does not act.

In September, Congress passed a series of so-called minibus bills that covered 5 of the 12 annual appropriations bills that fund the government.

The package included FY 2019 funding for the departments of Defense, Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services.

Funding for the wall would be allocated through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

GOP congressional leaders met with Trump at the White House earlier this month to discuss wall funding.

The House bill provides $5 billion for the wall. The Senate is considering legislation that would provide $1.6 billion for the wall.

Trump has said he wants Congress to fully fund the wall, which could cost up to $25 billion.

If an agreement is not reached, a partial government shutdown will occur after 11:59:59 p.m. EDT. on Friday Dec. 7.

Democrats oppose the wall and will take control of the House in January.

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