According to Washington Post:
The number of migrant parents entering the United States with children has surged to record levels in the three months since President Trump ended family separations at the border… Border Patrol agents arrested 16,658 family members in September, the highest one-month total on record and an 80 percent increase from July, according to unpublished Department of Homeland Security statistics
Because of the mass influx of children and adults crossing the border, Border patrol has begun a system of “catch and release” wherein the illegal border-crossers are assigned a court date and released into the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, about 40% of those never detained and assigned a court date will actually return for that court date.
Make no mistake, this overwhelming of our border patrol system’s detainment capabilities was the Judge’s intended purpose of the initial court settlement, Reno v. Flores, and the more recent outrage at the lawful separation of children at the border.
To prevent more harm from befalling the most innocent and vulnerable of Central and South America’s citizenry we must act now. The process for entry into the United States for adult immigrants should be clear and simple:
- Search for harmful or illegal items/intent
- identification (confirmed or given)
- Accepted into the United States to try and make ends meet with no access to public welfare benefits
This must be reflected in our laws as created by our legislature and not enacted by our executive branch or deterred for their own political reasons by the judicial.
Immigrants who often make the journey by foot or train are beneficial to our economy and often marginally harmful, if at all, to our society, but that long journey to our border is dangerous to the families of those laboring immigrants. It is better to create a situation wherein they can use the revenue from working family members in the United States improve their lives and the situations they face in their country or to make the journey in a safer, legal, way.