Friday, May 24, 2019

Why are there so many immigrants at the border?

February had the highest number of undocumented immigrants crossing the border in 12 years. And the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection says things are at the ''breaking point."

In response, the Trump administration wants to overhaul the system. Meanwhile, children coming into the country undocumented are dying at record numbers.

But wait. There seem to be some contradictions here. The Census Bureau says net migration to the United States is actually down.

But the proof may be in the detention pudding. ICE has a record breaking 52,000 immigrants in detention. And yet, a record number of families seeking asylum are showing up at the border. Some critics of the administration suggest the quick fix policies of the White House, rather than mitigating the problem, are actually causing more families to come now.

And while the Trump administration is detaining more immigrants than ever before, it's also releasing 10s of thousand of those detainees.








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