It’s hard to get an accurate and honest picture of what’s happening on our nation’s southern border and why, especially during what already is proving to be a long and mendacious election season. If you’re hearing and repeating the words of President Donald Trump and his surrogates, you’re likely to believe
“Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage.” — Ray Bradbury. We’ve now had several months of reports of inhumane and obscene conditions at the migrant detention camps managed by the Trump administration along the US southern border with Mexico. The myriad, sordid details are already part of a larger stain on America’s collective ethos; they will disfigure the country’s reputation for generations to come.
The long read about Mexico and the immigration crises at the border sheds a lot of light on several issues and situations which the media fails to report. The focus on the media is “migrant crises” at the US-Mexico border. The author states that hundreds of thousands of Central Americans have passed through Mexico in the last five years,
Overall, just over half of the deaths this year — 259 — were caused by drowning, such as through shipwrecks in the Caribbean or failed river crossings. About 65 were from highway crashes, and around 20 each on railroad routes, from dehydration or exposure, violence including homicide, and sickness or lack of medical care.
The Border Patrol has caught 363,300 Central American family members at the Mexican border since the fiscal year started in October.
The bright pink installations were set up along the border fence between Sunland Park in New Mexico and Ciudad Juarez in Mexico.
More than 2,000 Central American migrants seeking to settle in the United States have given up and accepted free rides home under a 10-month-old programme funded by the US government and run by a United Nations agency, according to a U.N. official. The “Assisted Voluntary Return” programme has paid for buses or flights for 2,170 migrants who either never reached the United States or were detained after crossing the border and then sent to Mexico to await US immigration hearings, according to Christopher Gascon, an official with the U.N.’s International Organization for Migration (IOM).
He was “not kidding around,” Donald Trump said. This was going to be the week, he vowed, that he would shut the southern border if Mexico or the Democrats in Congress or somebody didn’t do something about migrants and drugs coming in. “This is a National Emergency!” he tweeted on Wednesday. So when, then, would he issue the order? Thursday? Friday? Saturday?
If you’re visiting a beach resort or a theme park this summer, you’re bound to encounter one of the more than 100,000 young workers who arrive in the US every year on J-1 Summer Work Travel (SWT) visas. In June, my team and I headed to the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland, where we spoke with