Immigration Failures at the Border
Recent surges of immigrants at the border of the United States and Mexico have come to a brink. Conditions in El Paso, Texas have become so dire that they resemble those found in refugee camps. Due to overcrowding in detention facilities, children and families are seen sleeping on dirt, under bridges, in crammed hotel rooms, and in churches while they await the processing of their asylum claims.
The level of apprehensions at the border has increased dramatically in the last few months. Currently, the level is at an 11-year high. In February, there were approximately over 76,000 migrants that were apprehended. In March, the numbers reached 103,000.
The border towns are overwhelmed with the number of people they are suddenly required to care for. The local shelters are saturated, requiring transportation of migrants to distant shelters in New Mexico and other states. However, current policies aimed at dealing with this crisis are unsustainable. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agencies have proposed building tent cities, busing migrants to other cities and towns, and even hired airplanes to transport them to distant cities.
Increase of Agents at the Border
The Trump administration has recently proposed sending officials from the Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA) to assist at the border. Siphoning off important personnel from the TSA may adversely affect the safety of airports, as there will be fewer TSA officers that are monitoring airports and other ports of entry. There are currently 4,300 active duty and National Guard soldiers already assisting at the border.
Migrants are Asylum Seekers
In the past, the migrants seen at the border tended to be men traveling alone to obtain employment in the United States. However, in recent years, there has been a surge of unaccompanied minors and family units traveling across Central America and Mexico to reach the U.S. border. The system at the border was designed to apprehend, detain, and deport adult males entering from Mexico. However, today this system is dysfunctional because it is not designed to respond to a humanitarian crisis that the country is facing. The migrants at the border are families fleeing dangerous conditions seeking asylum.
Turmoil in Central America
The chaos visible at the U.S. Border is a result of turmoil in Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. These people are fleeing violence, poverty, shortages of food, gang violence, political instability, and corruption. Some have described this region as the most dangerous place in the world outside an official war zone.
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