Trump put so much focus on building the wall that he neglected many other areas of immigration reform, and did not push any legislation when the republicans had control of the house and senate. However, it still remains clear that the ultimate goal is to have as few immigrants in the United States as possible. Read more here.
There are no crises at the border, other than a humanitarian crisis caused by Trump’s illegal actions. In addition, this story about life in New Mexico near the U.S./Mexico border describes another crisis that is different than what the Trump administration would want you to believe: “The only crisis we’re facing here is a shortage of labor. Fewer people cross the border to work than before, and Americans don’t want to get their hands dirty doing hard work.” Read more here.
How ironic that Trump’s government shutdown due to his obsession with an unnecessary border wall is adding to the already massive delays in immigration court. See this article for a discussion of how immigration court backlogs may increase by years as a result of Trump’s shutdown.
As migrants continue to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump has resorted to increasingly violent tactics, including the use of tear gas on everyone from children to the elderly. Using tear gas violates basic human rights, regardless of the situation at the border. Read more here.