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K Street scoffs at Biden’s handling of migrant crisis

Most K Street leaders are dissatisfied with how the Biden administration is handling the U.S.-Mexico border crisis, according to our latest survey, The Canvass.

Unsurprisingly, respondents were split across party lines, with 92% of Republicans and 35% of Democrats disapproving of President Joe Biden’s stance on the border.

House Republicans have been eager to knock the White House for the surge in migrant crossings, going so far as to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in February.

At the same time, 73% of K Street leaders said it’s unlikely Congress will send additional funding to American cities to handle the increase in the number of migrants coming in. This prediction was shared across party lines, with 74% of Democrats and 72% of Republicans in agreement.

This comes as no surprise. The same Republicans who blame Biden for the border crisis also walked away from the Senate’s bipartisan border bill after almost four months of negotiations. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans withdrew their support after former President Donald Trump came out against the deal.

Plus, Speaker Mike Johnson continues to push for the House GOP’s hardline border security bill, H.R. 2, which no Democrats support.

The Canvass K Street was conducted March 4-22 in partnership with LSG.

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