According to an analysis of customs and border security data, the influx of migrants entering the United States illegally is due to single adults – especially men – looking for work.
Many migrants crossing the border are trying to take advantage of the country’s easing pandemic restrictions, looking for jobs picking produce, roofing or even washing dishes, Border Patrol agents told the Wall Street Journalbased on what the migrants tell them.
The tidal wave of people flocking to the border is causing the biggest crisis of the past 20 years, the WSJ says, with single adults accounting for 82 percent of border detentions so far this year.
The response to the growing crisis is now led by Vice President Kamala Harris, who is assuming her first major policy role since taking office two months ago.
But some Republicans question Harris’s commitment to addressing the issue following her earlier statements, including one that said people trying to cross the border illegally were not “criminals.”
The current influx of migration is not coming from families, but from single adults looking for work
82 percent of those arrested were single adults (photo: migrants walking along the track in Tenosique, Tabasco, Mexico)
Of the single adults detained, 60 percent are Mexicans
Although Harris has more recently expressed a desire to find a path to citizenship for the 12 million undocumented workers already in the US, she has said she would push to discourage people from moving to the US border. to go.
“ I look forward to engaging in diplomacy with the government, with the private sector, with civil society and the leaders of each in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, ” Harris said Wednesday, according to New York Daily News
Of the arrests that took place during the current fiscal year, 82 percent were single adults and 60 percent of those single adults were Mexicans, which is different from the recent influx of Central American migrants.
The data comes from US Customs and Border Protection.
According to The Wall Street Journalthe increase in illegal immigration at the southern border is the largest in two decades.
Household arrests rose slightly in the first five months of the fiscal year from 2020, with 39,000 arrests a year after 37,000 were arrested in the same period.
At the same time, however, 136,000 families were arrested at the border in 2019, more than three times more than the current year, showing that the current influx is not coming from migrant families.
In data, CBP showed NPRMore than 5,000 unaccompanied migrant children and teenagers are in CBP custody.
On average, 590 children and teens crossed the border daily in the past three weeks, with children remaining in custody for an average of 131 hours, beyond the 72-hour limit.
The White House has limited media access to the CBP facilities, with a facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas serving as the access location on Wednesday.
Pictured: US Customs and Border Protection deporting migrants to Mexico
Pictured: migrants crossing the border into Mission, Texas on Tuesday
That site reportedly houses 766 minors, all of them teenage boys, with a capacity of nearly 200 more.
The White House is accused that the facility shown does not reflect the full picture of the problems at the border.
“We will continue to work with agencies to create avenues for media access and visibility of these facilities,” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
Vice President Kamala Harris was bugged on Wednesday to lead the border response
With Harris taking over the response at the border, the GOP quickly attacked her for past positions on illegal immigration.
“She will not be able to solve this crisis,” Senator Ted Cruz said in America’s Newsroom Thursday morning.
Kamala Harris has nothing to do but go downstairs and let everyone go. I mean, that’s the only option that is consistent with the political promises she has made. ‘
Biden, who has blamed the current wave on Donald Trump, has tried to destroy much of Trump-era immigration policies at the border, letting unaccompanied migrant children stay in the US while they seek asylum.
“This new wave we’re dealing with started now with the latest administration, but it’s our responsibility to deal with it humane and stop what’s happening,” Biden said.
He still allows other migrants to be deported because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
His government plans to reinstate a $ 700 million foreign aid program for El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, in the hope that strengthening local economies will ease migration.
Migrants are crossing the Usumacinta River from Guatemala to Mexico
In a statement last week, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas called the situation at the border “difficult.”
He noted that most of those detained at the border were single adults from Mexico and the three Central American countries, and that they were deported to Mexico if applicable.
“There are limited exceptions to our use of the CDC’s deportation authority,” the statement read. ‘For example, we do not deport people with certain acute vulnerabilities.’
The statement notes that poverty, violence, natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic are reasons for the current rise.
WHAT KAMALA HARRIS SAYS ABOUT IMMIGRATION AND BORDER AGENTS
– April 2017 Twitter thread:
‘An immigrant without papers is not a criminal. We are not a society that wants to tear families apart. We will not get involved in the fear of this government. ‘
‘It is ridiculous to say that we are going to deport 12 million people. How are you going to do that now? Give people a path to citizenship. The vast majority of the people we are talking about lead legal lives and pay taxes. ‘
November 10, 2016 – Days after Donald Trump took office:
“This issue of how we treat our immigrants, and in particular our undocumented immigrants, is one of the most critical issues facing our country. We will not achieve who we say we are as a country if we attack our community members, our neighbors, our friends and our colleagues. ‘
Wednesday – comments after being appointed to lead the border crisis:
While we are clear that people should not be allowed to come to the border now, we also understand that we will enforce the law and that also – because we can chew gum and walk at the same time – we need to address the root causes that cause people to make the trek , as the president has described, to get here. ‘
“At some point we will absolutely go to the border and I have been to the border and our Homeland Security Secretary Alex Mayorkas has been there twice. Senior officials have been down there and yes, we will go. ‘
– 2018 – By vote against the 2018 bill with $ 25 billion in border wall funding:
“A wall will not secure our border, and I remain concerned that those billions of dollars could also be used to carry out this administration’s anti-immigrant agenda – one targeting California and its people.”
– 2019 – published in her book, The Truths We Have:
There are some things that are more cruel, inhuman, and more fundamentally malicious than tearing a child from her parents’ arms. The administration claimed it would not separate asylum-seeking families if they arrived at an official port of entry, unlike other parts of the border. But that was wrong. ‘
– 2018 Confirmation Hearing for Trump’s Nominee to Ronald Vitiello Head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE):
VITIELLO: Well, the Klan was what we would call a domestic terrorist group today.
VITIELLO: ‘Because they tried to use fear and violence to change the political environment.
HARRIS: And what was the motivation for the use of fear and violence?
VITIELLO: It was based on race and ethnicity.
HARRIS: Right. Are you aware of the perception of many of how power and discretion at ICE is used to enforce the laws? And do you see parallels?
VITIELLO: I don’t see any parallels between sworn officers and agents –
HARRIS: I’m talking about perception.
VITIELLO: I don’t see a parallel between what is constitutionally required in terms of law enforcement –
HARRIS: Are you aware that there is a perception –
VITIELLO: I don’t see any perception that puts ICE in the same category as the KKK. Is that what you ask me?
Statement of June 18, 2018 calling for the resignation of Trump’s DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen:
‘The government must keep families together, not separate them. And the government should commit to transparency and accountability. Under Secretary Nielsen’s tenure, the Department of Homeland Security has a track record of neither. That’s why she has to resign. ‘
During her time as manager of the government’s third-largest body, the ministry has implemented a policy that has separated thousands of children from their families, issued a directive to make it easier to detain pregnant women, it tried [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] Leveraging DACA recipients to reach the president’s anti-immigrant agenda failed to address some of the agency’s most pressing management challenges and oversaw the continued unsuccessful response to the Puerto Rico tragedy. ‘