New Poll: Border Residents Confirm Wall is Not the Answer

Communications Associate

July 19, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In keeping with longstanding data and local opinion, a new poll finds that a majority of urban residents surveyed on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are against building a wall.

The Cronkite News-Univision News-Dallas Morning News poll also found that the majority of residents believe the presidential campaign’s tone to be damaging economic, trade and neighborly relations between the two countries.

“Residents who live along the U.S.-Mexico border overwhelmingly prefer bridges over fences and are dead set against building a new wall,” the Dallas Morning News reports.

Studies continue to show that crime rates in border towns are actually lower than elsewhere, and residents say that a wall would do nothing to address the root causes of drug trafficking and illegal border crossings.

“[The wall] is too simplistic a solution,” said Angela Kocherga, director of the Borderlands Bureau of Cronkite News. “[Border residents] aren’t asking for open borders, but they are asking for real solutions, real thoughtful approaches to the issues along the border.”

“The real people who live along our southern border recognize that a wall is unnecessary,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. “The towns along the border are relatively safe, and residents recognize that the border is important for commerce and trade, not a dangerous place in need of additional barriers.

“We need our leaders to understand and respond to the realities at our borders, not traffic in fear.”