“If they can do it, why can’t we?”
That’s 48-year-old Isel Rojas, a Cuban native who has long dreamed of moving to the United States.
But when the US ended a program that helped residents leave the island, Rojas thought his exit would have to be put on hold. That is, until he noticed the massive caravans of other migrants pushing through Central America and up through Mexico to the southern border of the U.S.
So… “If they can do it, why can’t we?” became a question instilled in his mind, and most likely thousands of others who want to make the move to the states. After a short time of consideration, he set out for his own border crossing. Rojas is now awaiting entry processing to the United States in a small border town in Mexico.
Texas is now reporting that they are seeking new holding facilities to be able to handle the mass amount of border crossings they’re dealing with after detaining over 100,000 in March alone. Those numbers are the highest in over 10 years, and experts are speculating that the next few months could see those figures rise to 150,000 or more.
— Brian Kilmeade (@kilmeade) March 26, 2019
As more and more caravans form to cross the border into Texas under the pretense of ‘asylum’, the greater number of people will decide to form their own. We have already seen multiple caravans form with numbers hitting between 1,200 and 3,000.
The Trump Administration secured a budget to begin building the border wall across states on the southern border, but Customs and Border Patrol officials are already overrun by the staggering numbers of crossings that only continue to rise.
#BorderCrisis Caravan of over 3,000 Central American migrants is on it's way to the U.S. from Chiapas according to Mexican news outlets. From Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, & Cuba. It's unclear which border they'll try to cross from. pic.twitter.com/AWRhEc4rM5
— Alphidius at #WMIF19 #Boston 🇺🇸 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@AlfidioValera) April 3, 2019
According to a report from Dallas News, “thousands of asylum-seeking children could be headed to Dallas as the federal government looks to relieve pressure on a bloated immigration system and overwhelmed nonprofit shelters along the U.S.-Mexico border.”
In the media coverage over the thousands of unaccompanied minors that need to be transferred, a feeling of being overrun has spread amongst southern states and CBP officers. Current shelters are already flowing as wait times for processing become longer and longer.
Legal cases for immigrants are also extremely backed up and have representatives pushing for the hiring of more judges to help facilitate the extreme number of caseloads.
“Until we can get some control of the inflow [of migrants], we’re not going to be able to work down that backlog,” said U.S. Attorney William Barr. He referred to the “problem with the asylum laws” as cause for the backup.
The border crossings are leading to an inevitable ‘breaking point’, where the system will be so overrun that the border would need to be closed entirely or risk further issues and threats to national security.
The newly constructed 30-foot wall in Calexico, CA, replaces a barrier made of surplus corrugated steel landing mats from the Vietnam War—and border officials tell President @realDonaldTrump it's making a crucial difference.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 9, 2019