The 69,237 undocumented immigrants who were detained or deemed inadmissible at the southern border in what is the worst month of October in years show a clear upward trend in the last months of President Donald Trump’s term, who boasted at the beginning of his presidency that he had ended illegal migration.
Four years ago, in the last month of the campaign before the 2016 elections in which Trump used immigration as one of the main electoral assets, the number of undocumented immigrants was 66,842, very similar to last October, when the president’s team boasted of the success of his measures, including the progress of the construction of the border fence.
In October, a total of 66,337 people were detained at ports of entry on the southwest border, compared to 54,771 in September and 47,283 in August, according to data released this Thursday by the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), but without the usual teleconference or press release to highlight the achievements.
To those detainees must be added the 2,900 people who showed up at the southwest border ports of entry and were deemed inadmissible, compared to 2,903 in September and 2,731 in August.
While it is true that in the first months of 2017 and the president’s term of office, the border crossing figures fell dramatically due to the so-called “Trump effect,” the situation has gradually changed and since last April, when another drop was recorded due to the incidence of the pandemic, the number of immigrants arriving at the southern border has not stopped rising.
Now that he has a little more than 50 days left in the White House, we see a very different scenario than the one Trump boasted of and that he was going to achieve with his battery of measures aimed at reducing illegal immigration, including the separation of families and the near suspension of asylum.
Even in October 2007, when 60,713 migrants were detained during the Central American crisis, the figures for this beginning of the fiscal year 2021 had not been reached.
But this situation will get even worse, activist Carmen Cornejo assured Efe.
“There are several situations that are happening at this historic moment, on the one hand, the lack of investment in Central and South American countries. The pandemic has devastated local economies, and we are already seeing the devastating consequences of climate change” with the arrival of Hurricanes Iota and Eta, said the political analyst.
She mentioned that these conditions, added to the “bad” policies of the Trump administration, which were never generous to Central American countries, will lead to a dizzying increase in migration to the United States in the coming months.
“These countries will be pressured by need and migration will continue to increase.
Let’s hope that Joe Biden’s administration promotes investment so that they have economic change and people see hope in their countries and do not feel the need to migrate as the only option for their future,” he said.
IMMIGRANTS DETAINED BY THE DOZEN
As an example of the current and future panorama, this Thursday agents of the Border Patrol of the Rio Grande Valley Sector apprehended one hundred immigrants in different operations, coming from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
And all this despite the construction of a new section of the border fence in the area, despite the fact that the Trump administration has made a point of highlighting its supposed effectiveness.
Cornejo differs from such an assertion and points out that it has not worked and furthermore “was built in a completely irregular manner, devastating the natural flow, invading sacred native regions and with serious structural flaws.
Of the 66,337 detainees, a total of 59,683 were expelled from the country in an expeditious manner in compliance with the so-called “Title 42”, by which since last March federal agents can expel immigrants arguing a supposed health emergency by the covid-19.
Last March, Vice President Mike Pence ordered the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to use its emergency powers to effectively seal the U.S. borders, despite the reluctance shown by the country’s main health agency, according to press reports.
Following this highly criticized action, a federal judge this week ordered the Trump government to suspend the deportation of unaccompanied migrant children detained at the border without allowing them to make claims for refuge or asylum, dealing a severe blow to the administration’s emergency health measures.
In the order, the judge warned that unaccompanied migrant children who are detained by border agents should receive the safeguards that Congress established for them and be placed in government-supervised shelters during their immigration proceedings.
“The Trump administration took the model of separation already in place and took it to a horrifying and inhumane extreme, it is a daring thing to deport children without any family members, to the good Lord. This resulted in parents not being found, lost children, minors under dubious custody or in the wrong environment, such as hotels,” Cornejo denounced.