Changing US migrant styles: Goodbye to work seekers, hello to fleeing refugees

'Dramatic' rise in African migrants arriving at US border (eager to experience world renown bigoted country)

EXCERPT: US border patrol agents in Texas have detained hundreds of people from African countries over the past week. US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) says the "dramatic rise" in migrants from African countries arriving in the area is a "humanitarian crisis". More than 500 African migrants have arrived at Del Rio border patrol sector in the past week, since 30 May. Most of these people are families that have travelled from Angola, Cameroon and the Republic of Congo, CBP said.

[...] in a recent interview with NPR, some African migrants described travelling from their home countries to Brazil, before making their way north through Colombia and Central America towards the US-Mexico border. Such a journey typically takes several months.

[...] According to the CBP's acting commissioner John Sanders, the agency is currently detaining almost 19,000 people in total. "When we have 4,000 people in custody, we consider it high," he told a press conference. "If there's 6,000 people in custody, we considered it a crisis. Right now, we have nearly 19,000 people in custody. So it's just off the charts." [...] In May, a record 144,278 migrants arrived at the southern border, more than 100,000 of whom were families and children. [...]

In a statement, Del Rio Sector's chief patrol agent Raul L Ortiz said that language barriers and cultural differences were also placing "additional burdens on [border patrol] processing stations". Many of the migrants have also travelled on to San Antonio in Texas, some 240 km (150 miles) from Del Rio. Local news reporter Jaleesa Irizarry also tweeted that the city was "in desperate need for French-speaking volunteers", and that local centres expected up to 300 more migrants to arrive in the next few days. (MORE)

Trump’s Bullying Won’t Fix the Migrant Crisis (op-ed)

EXCERPT: Mr. Trump reached an agreement with Mexico on Friday — according to a United States-Mexico Joint Declaration, the country agreed to “take unprecedented steps to increase enforcement to curb irregular migration” — but the deal tied together issues that shouldn’t be linked, mixing binational trade with refugees and migrants from third countries. [...] Mexico will crack down further on the poor and desperate seeping over its southern border. But this won’t solve the growing refugee crisis in Latin America.

The problems of violence, poverty and corruption forcing people from their homes in Central America show no signs of abating, while further south in Venezuela, a staggering four million people have fled the country, the United Nations reports. Mexico has promised a surge of militarized police dedicated to stopping migrants who aim to cross its southern border. It has also formalized an agreement to house those asylum seekers while they wait for the United States to process their claims.

[...] Mexico could be pushed into recession. It’s unclear exactly how soon the agreement will be carried out, but what is certain is that Mexico faces two colossal challenges: looking after thousands of American asylum seekers on its northern border, which could mean swelling refugee camps; and sustaining a crackdown in the south in a territory covered by porous rivers, mountains and jungles. What’s more, Mr. Trump could reignite the threat to put tariffs on Mexican goods at any time. If this does happen, it would only destabilize further an already unstable region.

What seemed to be motivating Mr. Trump’s threats was [...] in May ... undocumented migrants on the United States’ southern border were the highest monthly total since 2007. The type of migration has changed significantly since then. In the early 2000s, many Mexicans headed north to work in industries, such as construction ... Today, the numbers are being elevated by Central Americans [...] There are various forces driving families from their homes in Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua, including poverty, drought and corrupt authoritarian governments. But what really devastates communities is gang violence.

[...] More than 84,000 of the 132,887 people apprehended for crossing the border illegally in May were captured with family members, while 11,500 were unaccompanied minors. (MORE)
Mexico use to protect its own southern border better than the US ever has, but lately, as long as they can pass the buck with people not seeking to stay in Mexico, they've been fine with letting them in. Now there's a cost to them acting as a gateway to breaking US immigration law.

The problem in Latin America is people feeling like they have too many options other than organizing their own militias to take back their own home country. Same goes for refugees from many places, especially when the numbers could easily overwhelm any force....if they only had the will.

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