Wednesday, the Drudge Report featured poll results indicating immigration is considered the most serious problem facing America today. The results of the Gallup phone survey were released on July 16, 2014 and is available on the right side of the Drudge page.
Above the anti-illegal immigration poll results Drudge waved an American flag upheld by a white hand, a symbol of American sovereignty, patriotism, and perhaps even of nativism. The poll noted concern about immigration spiked straight up to double digits, from 5 percent in June to "immigration/illegals 17 percent." Not since 2006 has concern about immigration been so high.
For well over a month, the Drudge Report headlines have focused on increasingly tense attention regarding a surge of Central American women and minors who are successfully breaching the borders in Texas in droves. Tens of thousands have crossed illegally and immediately surrendered to border agents in hopes for a permit providing permission to remain in American until possible processing as asylum seekers.
In addition, the Drudge Report headlines include a new poll on Thursday which goes to the heart of the number one issue. The Rasmussen poll directly asked what those polled thought should happen to those who have and are making their way across the borders. The response of the majority of voters was: "Send them back now."
Politicians appear to be reaching an impasse regarding whether those from Central America should be processed as refugees or marked for prompt deportation. Standing in the way of expedited repatriation is a 2008 law which will require changes in order to deport illegal immigrant from Central America in the manner children from Mexico and Canada are now deported.
A bipartisan bill to make those changes was first supported by Democratic House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi; however, she has withdrawn her support. Instead of making it easier to deport children from Central America, she now wants to make it more difficult to deport children from Mexico and Canada.
A statement released by a Pelosi spokesman to the Los Angeles Times expressed her desire that America "treat Mexican children the same as we now treat Central American children." To do so would require that the children be assigned legal help and that their cases wind through a lengthy legal process, often years, to determine if they should be granted asylum.
This flies in the face of polls which show the majority of Americans want deportations accelerated, not slowed down. It's unlikely the immigration issue will fade from public consciousness. The Drudge Report has over ten new immigration links on its page.