Biden facing mounting criticism from Democrats over handling of border, fearing voter backlash

President Joe Biden is facing mounting criticism from his own party over his administration's handling of border security.

Border Patrol encounters of migrants at the southern border alone jumped 27% from June to July, according to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol data. A Washington Post report on preliminary CBP data from August revealed a 30% jump in encounters from July to August, calling it "an all-time high." 

Gallup poll from February showed that even before this recent spike in encounters, "the percentage of Democrats dissatisfied and desiring less immigration was nearly nonexistent in 2021, at 2%, before rising to 11% last year and 19% now." Independents, who are most likely to be the most targeted voters in upcoming elections, expressed dissatisfaction with the Biden administration's handling of the border crisis, "doubling since 2021, rising from 19% at that time to 36% today," the poll said.

The voters' increasing concern about the immigration crisis reflected in the poll has not been lost on Democratic lawmakers.

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