A large number of immigrants have attempted to enter the United States in the past year. More than a million people returned to Mexico or their home countries. A new, larger expatriate caravan is currently heading towards the U.S. border.
Bob Von Hood, ADN
According to U.S. border patrol data, The US Customs and Border Security, There have been more than 1.7 million arrests on the Mexican border in the last financial year (ending September 2021). This is the highest number ever recorded.
It is about immigrants who have already been deported under the anti-Corona emergency law established under former US President Donald Trump.
U.S. officials say the increase in the number of people expelled during the height of the corona epidemic may have contributed to the return of more immigrants than usual and new efforts to reach their destination. It appears to be mainly immigrants from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador who are trying to cross the border. Two-thirds of them are childless adults.
At the same time, US authorities have detained more than 145,000 orphaned children, another record number. Similarly it is twenty years since a large number of immigrants were stopped.
Nearly 11,000 children are currently being housed in shelters across the border, which they could not cope with. Earlier this year, the British BBC reported on abuses at the Fort Bliss Detention Center in Texas. There was sexual abuse, disease and lice infestation. There was hunger among the children there.
The new immigrant caravan moves to the United States
The new so-called ‘expatriate caravan’ is currently heading to the United States. More than 2,000 migrants have crossed the US border from Mexico’s Guatemala and Dabachula border.
According to Irino Mujica of the NGO Pueblo Cinn Frontros, the expatriate caravan is mainly made up of Central Americans, but also some Haitians and Africans. The caravan was able to exit despite the presence of Mexican Migration Authority INM and National Guard security forces. The caravan initially travels to Mexico City, but some try to reach the United States.
Under former President Trump, the United States introduced the ‘stay in Mexico’ rule. As a result, asylum seekers had to stay in Mexico for the entire duration of their practice. The ruling was overturned shortly after incumbent President Joe Biden took office, but a federal judge in Texas overturned the decision.
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Problems at the border are affecting President Biden’s reputation. One-third of Americans say polls support his liberal approach. The Democratic president was more interested in showing a “humane” immigration policy than his predecessor, Donald Trump.
Republicans see the growing numbers and poor reception as evidence that Biden’s approach only causes more misery, as many immigrants believe they still have a chance at U.S. citizenship among Democrats.
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