The Mexican cartels uses migrants to flood the zone and distract Border Patrol from their efforts to smuggle opioids and other drugs across.
Migrants to the United States have become far more likely to claim asylum. The result is a growing backlog of court cases, which harms actual refugees and drags U.S. resources.
A caravan of 1,200 Central Americans headed for the United States could provoke a crisis that forces us to face the root causes of our failed immigration system.
The complexities and realities of the U.S.-Mexico border are inescapable in the Rio Grande Valley, far from the immigration reform platitudes of Washington.
DACA is not a path to legal residency or U.S. citizenship. It’s only a temporary solution. It’s no different than putting a small Band-Aid on a large wound.
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