Texas Hispanics support Governor Greg Abbott’s migrant bus program

Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s campaign to bring illegal immigrants deeper into the country remains popular among voters in his state — and that includes Hispanic voters.

A new poll from the University of Texas/Texas Political Project found Friday that support for the idea remains strong in the state despite fierce criticism from immigrant rights advocates, the Biden administration and cities and Democratic-led states where migrants are dropped off.

Overall, voters supported Mr Abbott’s bus by a margin of 54% to 35%, with 38% saying they “strongly” support the idea.

Among Hispanics — a demographic that politicians say responds deeply to immigration issues — support is weaker but still strong, with 46% in favor and 37% against. This is a net positive rating of 9 points. The remaining 17% said they had no opinion.

Among white voters, support was 64%. Black voters, meanwhile, were skeptical, with 51% opposed.

Support tracks what pollsters have found over the summer. But that was before a major national backlash from liberal-run cities and immigrant rights activists who called the policy cruel.

Last week, Texas transported more than 8,200 migrants to the District of Columbia, 3,300 to New York and 1,000 to Chicago.

Mr. Abbott started the bus in April, saying his state was overwhelmed by the number of people the Biden administration was catching and releasing in Texas. He said other jurisdictions, and especially sanctuary cities that protect illegal immigrants from deportation, should share the burden.

Mr Abbott is up for re-election next month and his hardline approach to the border has been a big part of his campaign.

The new poll showed Mr Abbott, a Republican, with an 11-point lead over Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke, 54% to 43%. Among Hispanic voters in the state, they are tied.


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