A majority of Americans oppose building Trump's wall, but 83 percent support giving Dreamers citizenship

  • A majority of Americans are opposed to building a wall along the southern border, but are in support of giving "Dreamers" citizenship, according to a new Gallup poll.

  • While 57 percent disapprove of building a wall across the US-Mexico border, 83 percent support granting allowing of DACA immigrants to be citizens.

  • The poll didn't ask about President Donald Trump's controversial "zero tolerance" policy, which was separating families at the US-Mexico border until he signed an executive order on Wednesday.

A majority of Americans are opposed to building a wall along the southern border, but support a deal for the "Dreamers", according to a new Gallup poll.

President Donald Trump made building a border wall a hallmark of his presidential campaign and has continuously pushed Congress to give him funding to build it since taking office. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has shielded hundreds of thousands of young, unauthorized immigrants from deportation since 2012.

While 57 percent of Americans disapprove of building a wall across the US-Mexico border, 41 percent of Americans approve of it. Meanwhile, 83 percent of Americans support allowing Dreamers to become citizens in comparison to only 15 percent who oppose it.

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When it comes to programs that allow legal residents to sponsor relatives living abroad to the move to the United States — a practice conservatives disparagingly call "chain migration" — 52 percent of Americans don't want to end these programs while 45 percent are in favor of getting rid of them.

About 50 percent of Americans favor the policy of banning sanctuary cities, while 46 percent are opposed to such a measure.

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Gallup also broke down the questions by party. While Republicans and Democrats differ greatly on the border wall and sanctuary cities, both parties are closely aligned on handling DACA and family-based immigration.

While 77 percent of Republicans support the banning of sanctuary cities, only 29 percent of Democrats are in favor of it. Meanwhile, 73 percent of Republicans are in favor of expanding the border wall in comparison to only 13 percent of Democrats.

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Getting a deal done on DACA garners support from 92 percent of Democrats and 75 percent of Republicans, while ending family-based immigration earned support from only 47 percent of Democrats and 43 percent of Republicans.

The release of Gallup's new poll comes amid the Republicans' push to pass an immigration bill through Congress this week and, the uproar over Trump's "zero tolerance" policy that separated migrant families at the border.

Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to end the practice of family separation — instead keeping families detained together. The Gallup poll didn't ask about the zero-tolerance policy or family separation.

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