Chaos at the Border — Everything You Need to Know About The Migrant Caravan

Michael Preston

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A women protests the Trump Administrations widely controversial immigration policy. -- Google Common License

A women protests the Trump Administration’s widely controversial immigration policy. — Google Common License

Migrants run across the dirt covered floor, tear gas still stained in their eyes. Men throw rocks, provoking the border patrol. Mothers hold their children close; some grab stray children in trying to gain some sort of advantage when crossing. Anger, confusion, and ultimately, desperation, a chaotic mix of unregistered immigrants storm the US border on November 25th.

The Migrant Caravan, predominantly male, continues to wait for asylum on the border. The situation had gained national attention, picking up even more traction after Kim Hoon took an iconic photo of a scared, migrant family. The Caravan, based in Tijuana, Mexico, just touches the US border. There is an estimate of 1,000 children, 1,000 adult women, and 3,700 adult men within the group. Most migrants seek for a better life in America. They want jobs, higher paying ones, that they can sustain. Much like any other American citizen, most only seek to support themselves and/or their families

President Trump received backlash after his actions to tear gas those storming the border, and there is discussion on how ethical those choices were. Some claim that the border is just women and children looking for a better life, while others claim that there is a dangerous blend of criminals that are a threat to US citizens.

In reality, both are present, but not to the extent that the media plays out. Only 35% of women and children make up the Caravan, while criminals only make up 11%.

Despite the frantic media coverage, Obama had used tear gas at the border an average of 1.3 times a month during his second term. The Migrant Caravan is not the first of its kind, nor is it the first time the US used tear gas for such an occasion.

No one can blame a singular person for the humanitarian crisis. However, the situation can be attributed to an overwhelming migrant presence applying for asylum, a flawed immigration system, and a lack of communication. Only time can tell what’s in store for the migrants.


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