So There Is a Crisis at the U.S. Border?

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers listen to President Donald J. Trump addressing his remarks during his visit to an overlook along the Rio Grande Thursday, January 10, 2019, near the U.S. Border Patrol McAllen Station in McAllen, Texas. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

“The breaking point has arrived.”

Is There a Crisis at the U.S. Border?

Depends on what your definition of “is” is. It also depends on who you trust in the media these days.

Yes, There Is.

Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Kevin McAleenan sounded the alarm yesterday, making no attempt whatsoever to assuage anyone disavowing the border crisis for political reasons or identity politics.

No, There Isn’t.*

*except when we say there is.

“You have to pay with your body.”

This is not new information. Sexual violence has long been the norm for women attempting to cross the U.S. border.

What is Driving This Crisis?

There are many theories as to why migrants are suddenly flocking in such large family units, and why groups suddenly contain so many more women and children than in the past. They are probably all true to an extent.

Families Are Easier to Smuggle

Many Fear the Window of Opportunity May Soon Close

President Trump’s own hard-line views on illegal immigration are also well known by migrants considering making the journey to the U.S. border.

“Our laws aren’t keeping up with the migrant flows. And until they are fixed, the situation will only get worse and more heartbreaking.” — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

There is no question that lax immigration laws, and a failure to consistently enforce those laws, are at least partially to blame for creating the situation currently facing the Customs and Border Patrol Office, and communities located on the Southwestern border.

An “Angel Mom” holds up a photo of her daughter, who was murdered by an illegal immigrant as President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in the Rose Garden of the White House, on the national security and humanitarian crisis on the southern border of the United States. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

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