President Trump Contemplating a Border Close

U.S. border agent duties have shifted to immigration slowing the flow of commercial traffic at the Mexico border. Can we avoid disabling U.S. border communities?

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Traffic at the U.S. – Mexico border has always had its problems with having to wait to cross into the states, or dealing with immigrants. Truck drivers are some of the people that go through the struggles of border crossing the most, considering they bring shipments of products and have to be thoroughly checked by border patrol agents. Reuters reported that drivers at the El Paso – Juarez border, suffered through a 12-hour gridlock due to the fact that border patrol agents took up immigration duties after an influx of Central Americans apparently tried crossing into the states.

Central Americans have been migrating towards Mexico and the U.S. due to the increasing danger surrounding the countries these immigrants have been living through. The three countries in the middle of Central America- El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala- are considered some of the most dangerous countries within North America. According to a 2017 World Atlas study these three countries contain some of the most dangerous cities in the world based on murder rate.

San Salvador, El Salvador posted the highest among the three having about 59.06 murders per every 100,000 residents making it the 17th most dangerous city in the world. Guatemala City came in at 24 with there being 53.49 murders per 100,000 and San Pedro Sula, Honduras ranked 26 with 51.18 murders.

World Atlas cited that the high murder and crime rates for these countries is due to the rise in drug trafficking throughout most Latin American countries. This violence and corruption also encapsulates a good portion of Mexico and has even spilled over into South American countries such as Brazil and Venezuela. Mexico, Brazil, and Venezuela house 16 of the top 20 spots for most dangerous cities in the world. Mexico has the most dangerous city, Los Cabos with 111.3 murders per 100,000 people, according to the Atlas study and has six other cities within the top 20. Brazil also has seven cities within the top 20, while Venezuela holds two.

Not only do the people who live in those countries fear the cartels that surround them, there is also a looming fear of the corruption of their governments who seemingly have connections with the cartel. The government and drug cartels within Latin America have been intermittently linked with each other as it’s believed by much of the public and other political figures that government officials will call upon services from the cartel in order to attain political power.

Many of those fleeing Central America were seeking safety within the states due to fear of persecution by the government or death by the drug cartels. According to the Department of Homeland Security’s 2019 Annual Flow Report: Refugees and Asylees, 26,568 individuals were granted asylum in 2017. The report shows that countries where most of these individuals were seeking asylum from were China, El Salvador, and Guatemala. It reported that those countries had about 3,831 people who were granted derivative asylum which allowed them admittance into the U.S.

This high increase of immigration within the states has caused President Trump to resort to threatening of having a border closing in order to manage it better. However, Reuters reported that he had backed down from those threats after admitting that Mexico has been handling their end of immigration control rather well. The last time the border was closed for a long period of time was in Sept. of 2017 when the San Ysidro border in San Diego, California was closed for 57 hours due to border renovations and upgrades. These renovations were to help improve and control the flow of people crossing the border. For now, only time will tell what will happen with border control.

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U.S. border agent duties have shifted to immigration slowing the flow of commercial traffic at the Mexico border. Can we avoid disabling U.S. border communities?

58% Yes- figure it out
42% No- will suffer
58% Yes- figure it out
42% No- will suffer
58% Yes- figure it out
42% No- will suffer

Yes- figure it out

No- will suffer

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