Hundreds of migrants from Central America travelled day and night to reach the California-Mexico border in hopes of finding a better quality of life than their violence-racked homelands, but their dreams were quickly crushed after the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement announced that they would no longer be accepting migrants due to the limited capacity in the migrant shelters.
Roughly 150 Central Americans currently wait at the Mexican side of the border without any food, shelter or security – many have even been threatened with their lives by dangerous gang members and drug cartels.
More than 150 Migrants Stuck at the Border
For weeks, the caravan of disaster-stricken Central Americans travelling towards the U.S. to seek asylum has made headlines in the news. As the migrants got closer to the U.S. border, fictious stories about their intent grew wilder with many concerned journalists accusing them of being dangerous invaders and violators of the American law. Some called them a tool of liberal conspiracy while others furiously demanded for a wall at the Mexican border to prevent the unholy from entering the sacred grounds of the United States.
Now, the U.S Immigration agency has come up with a new narrative to shut out the hundreds of Central Americans waiting at the California-Mexico border without food, shelter or security.
After accepting only eight migrants from a caravan of hundreds, the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection announced that the San Ysidro entry port had reached maximum capacity and the immigration agency no longer had space or resources of the over-150 migrants still waiting for asylum at the border.
Handling of Migrant Surges Under Obama’s Presidency
Obama’s presidency also saw migrant surges at the U.S. border on several occasions, but instead of making the excuse of not having enough space in the camps to accommodate the asylum-seekers, the former president ordered the construction of temporary tent cities and increased the number of officers handling the asylum cases to reduce waiting time at the borders.
The situation is much different this time around under the presidency of Donald Trump who has voiced strong opposition against the asylum laws in the past and insisted that America will not tolerate or welcome any immigrants who try to break the law or gain unauthorized entry into the country.
As hundreds of migrants, including women and small children, sleep on the concrete at the other side of Trump’s envisioned wall, the immigration agency seems to be in no rush to increase capacity in refugee camps. On the contrary, the asylum process is being stalled to keep the Central Americans out of the country and to show people how the migrants are trying to abuse the loopholes in asylum laws.
Is the Government Lying?
Immigration advocates say that a few additional Immigration officers have been sent to the border but this doesn’t help the situation because the migrant-accepting process has come to a complete halt and no more Central Americans will be able to cross the border unless the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services finds a way to accommodate them.
One Republican congressional aide revealed that making the migrants wait at the border is part of Trump’s strategy to let the American public see the growing refugee problem in the country and the need for stricter immigration laws to prevent outsiders from exploiting America’s generosity.
By saying that the country simply lacks capacity to accommodate more migrants, the US isn’t violating any international law or committing crime against humanity. Humanitarian advocates say that the government is simply lying about reaching maximum capacity because it had received warnings about the incoming caravan more than a month ago, which was enough time to prepare for the surge in migrants or at least set up temporary accommodations where they could stay until their asylum application was processed.
23-year-old Salvadorian mother named Katarina Francisco said that she will wait at the border with her three-year-old daughter for as long as she needs to. Other migrants agreed with her saying that they no longer fear death or persecution. They simply want a better life for their next generation, and that they will make the necessary sacrifices to ensure a secure future for their children.