Californians were evenly split last year over the idea of building 700 miles of fence along the Mexican border, but a new Field Poll Monday shows support among the voters for the wall has fallen to just 37 percent, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reports. Congress has agreed to fund the construction of about 300 miles of fence. Yesterday, President Bush viewed a newly built portion of the $1.8 billion barrier in Yuma, Ariz. Corine Quezada, a grad student, said, “I’ve heard from students who say it seems unfair for America to be building a wall when (U.S. presidents) told Germany to take down theirs.”
The poll surveyed 570 randomly selected voters. Statewide, 59 percent of voters opposed a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Southern California voters in counties outside of Los Angeles County tend to support immigration enforcement efforts more than voters polled in Los Angeles County or across the state. That is because their counties are closer to the border and bear much of the impact of illegal immigration. Asked about changes that would permit many of the nation’s 12 million undocumented immigrants to get legal status and temporary work permits, 83 percent of those polled support such programs for illegal immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for several years.