Border Crisis is Still Here – Don’t Forget

While the media is focused on migration in Mexico with an anticipated 3,000 to 5,000 immigrants on their way to the US-Mexico border, cartels are moving into the United States on a daily basis.

Be Watchful of the Media

By design, the caravans attract a lot of media coverage. They are professionally organized and strive to influence policy through their clout.

The caravan in Chiapas is attempting to persuade Mexico City to end migrant confinement measures and allow unrestricted transit to the United States; the ultimate objective is easing compliance of procedures in the United States.

Prior to 2018, the term “caravan” was unknown in Border Patrol circles. Despite the fanfare, caravans seldom make it to the United States unharmed.

Additional pull factors will be developed if the latest caravan succeeds in persuading the Mexican government to modify rules and allow migrants to walk freely to their destination.

Caravans travel at a low cost, avoiding the gangs’ high costs for crossing Mexico. The organizers feel there is strength in numbers and media coverage reduces criminal activity.

The government will be forced to provide aid and comfort because of the high publicity, as it has been in the past. This practice has enraged many Mexican nationals and fueled anti-Central American sentiment in the country.

During the start of Fiscal Year 2022, Border Patrol captured more than 90,000 migrants attempting to unlawfully cross the border. The media appears to be having a harder time covering the 5,000 refugees that arrive each day in four states within fragmented groups.

Nevertheless, the daily number of migrants caught is roughly equal to the current caravan’s total. Ranchers and townspeople are left to deal with everyday damage to property and high-speed pursuits on their neighborhood country roads.

Meanwhile, the renowned caravan moves north.

Cartels Run it like a Business

In comparison to a caravan, the cartels do not provide a more pleasant journey. They affix wrist bands to migrants as proof of payment for crossing the Rio Grande.

They march immigrants into crowded regions of south Texas cities, even into central areas, unafraid of US enforcement agencies. Some states have reached the end of their wait for federal replies to common unlawful border crossing spots.

Due to a scarcity of Border Patrol personnel, the Texas Army National Guard is strategically placed in crossing areas. Sections of a border wall are also being built by Texas.

Border Patrol agents are overworked and removed from their regular responsibilities; they must evaluate migrants and locate detention space, even if it means sacrificing social separation and adequate COVID-19 screening.

Despite the fact Border Patrol is required to vaccinate their agents, migrants have no such obligations. During this epidemic immigration crisis, more Border Patrol agents have perished in the course of work than at any other point in the agency’s 97-year history.