The border between the United States and Mexico becomes a political issue again
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) — Republican governors from 26 states, including Arizona, have sent a letter to President Joe Biden requesting a meeting on border security.
Governors accuse the Biden of laxity at the border following 10,000 to 15,000 Haitian migrants who were stranded under a Texas bridge.
The Biden administration is deporting Haitians, many of whom seek asylum, without a hearing.
The governors also say borders are floodgates for drug and human smugglers, criminals have come through and 200,000 illegal migrants have been caught in each of the past two months.
The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security is at the Mexican border to sort things out.
“We are very concerned that Haitians traveling this irregular path are receiving false information that the border is open or that temporary protected status is available,” Border Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said. “I want to make sure that it is known that this is not the way to come to the United States, this is false information.”
But others say the problems are problems but not much different from what other administrations have faced in the past.
“It is illogical to be afraid of the immigration patterns we see because they are cyclical, this form of migration to different parts of the country and the world continues to happen,” said Juanita Molina, director of Border Action Network. “We’ve seen these waves come by every few years.”
The problem and the solution to immigration problems at the border arise because the immigration system is broken and no one has been able to make the right fixes.
“We continue to use practices and philosophies that are irrelevant to people crossing the border,” Molina said. “I think the United States government continues to underestimate the desperation of people who come to this country.”
It was thought at one time that forcing people through the hot western deserts, where many would die, would deter people from crossing the border. Instead, more people come and more people die.
But whose coming has also changed.
In the past, he was a single man looking for a job, but now his families are escaping poverty, violence and climate change.
“The reality is that we are seeing a massive humanitarian crisis that exists and right now, because of the pandemic, the global warming issues and the economic issues are just going to intensify,” she said. “So unless we deal with this as a nation, we’re really going to have a huge deficit in our future because this problem is going to get worse before it gets better.
We asked the Arizona governor’s office and the White House press office for comment, but none responded.
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