Border at ‘Breaking Point’ -NY Times
Two and a half weeks after President Donald J. Trump declared a National Emergency to address the crisis on our border, mainstream media outlets have dug into the numbers—and the personal stories—surrounding America’s broken immigration system.
What they’ve found comes as a shock to many Americans who never knew the trauma felt by those living in the shadows—including both U.S. citizens and migrants alike:
- “More than 76,000 migrants crossed the border without authorization in February, 2019 – more than double the levels from the same period last year and approaching the largest numbers seen in any February in the last 12 years,” The New York Times reported on March 5th.
- On Sunday, The New York Times published firsthand accounts of “the hidden nightmare of sexual violence on the border,” citing President Trump’s quote that “one in three women are sexually assaulted on the dangerous trek up through Mexico.”
- On February 15, after President Trump’s border announcement, CNN’s Jim Acosta spoke with an “angel mom” immigrant whose only son was murdered by a previously deported criminal alien. “President Trump is completely correct on this issue—we need to protect this country,” she told CNN.
The Department of Homeland Security released staggering numbers that put these stories in context. American law enforcement officers are apprehending more than 2,000 aliens every day at our Southern border. All told, U.S. Border Patrol has apprehended over 268,000 individuals since the beginning of this fiscal year in October—a 97% increase from the previous year.
Democrat leaders are holding firm. “There is no crisis at the border,” insisted Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat House Majority Leader a little more than a week ago. To their credit, however, more journalists are starting to simply tell the stories of what’s happening on our border—and letting Americans decide for themselves what they think about it.
These reports are welcome. The ongoing humanitarian and security disaster at our border shouldn’t be a partisan issue, and the heart-wrenching stories it causes shouldn’t be told only by conservative media. A modern, safe, and secure immigration system would be a bipartisan triumph that renews Americans’ faith in Washington.
The only thing standing in our way is the political will.
Edited by NHN