The growing concern over the immigration crisis isn't just in your head — a new Gallup poll shows that most people believe "immigration/illegal aliens" is the country's biggest problem. And, as we've seen from several reports, that's fired up the country's most passionate anti-illegal immigration extremists.
As the chart above shows, 17 percent of Americans think immigration is the country's most important problem, up from 5 percent last month. The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points, but immigration is definitely now a much bigger issue than Obamacare. That the rise is being led, understandably, by people in border states, according to a regional breakdown provided to The Washington Post. In border states, concern rose from 10 to 28 percentage points between June and July. In non-border states concern rose from 4 to 14 percentage points.
How has this new elevated concern played out? Not well. Over 70,000 unaccompanied minors will be apprehended at the border this year, and the government has run out of room in processing centers to house the children. Officials have started transporting the children to other states and in communities across the country, people have heavily protested attempts to house undocumented minors.