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Voters to D.C.: Send the latest surge of illegal immigrants back home ASAP

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A majority of Americans want the nation's leaders to drop everything they're doing on immigration reform and immediately return the recent crop of young undocumented immigrants who have swarmed the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a new poll from Rasmussen Reports.

Roughly 59 percent of the 1,000 likely voters surveyed by Rasmussen say that any legislation aimed at dealing with the border crisis needs to involve a plan to send young illegals back home as soon as possible, while only 27 percent of respondents say Congress' focus should be on making it easier for the minors to say here legally.

Fourteen percent of respondents say they're “undecided.”

Advocates for the illegal immigrants who have come here recently argue in favor of letting the minors stay in the U.S because of the violent nature of the tyrannical regimes in Central America.

However, according to the latest survey, most Americans don't buy the argument that undocumented immigrants are just trying to escape violence: A mere 31 percent of survey respondents say they believe illegal minors are coming here for their personal safety.

A much larger percentage of likely voters, 52 percent, believe illegal immigrants are coming to the U.S. for economic reasons.

The survey, which was conducted from July 15-19 and contains a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, also found that most voters don't want their states to house the undocumented immigrants.

“Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, who last week criticized efforts to deport these illegal immigrants, is now reportedly the latest governor to tell the White House not to house any of them in his state,” Rasmussen reported.

Approximately 57 percent of likely of voters say they disapprove of their state housing these new illegal immigrants, while only 29 percent approve.

“Voters are more uncertain, however, when it comes to the $3.7 billion in new spending that President Obama has asked for from Congress to deal with these new illegal immigrants,” the Rasmussen report added. “Twenty-six percent think Congress should approve the president's request even if it does not provide for quicker deportation of these illegals, but 40 percent oppose approval if money for sped-up deportation is not included. One-in-three voters (34 percent) are not sure.”

But although voters are apparently torn over the president's multi-billion-dollar proposal, they are united on one point: The response from the White House and Republicans in Congress has been entirely unacceptable.

Only 28 percent of likely voters in a recent Pew Research Center survey say they approve of Obama's handling of issue, while 58 percent say they disapprove.

Fifty-four percent of self-identified Latino voters in the same poll say they are unhappy with the White House's handling of the growing border crisis.

This is the president's worst grade on any issue since his inauguration in 2009, according to Pew.

And Republicans in Congress aren't faring any better: Sixty-six percent of respondents in a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll say they disprove of the GOP's approach to the crisis.

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