Influx of Imigrants Reaches New High at Southern Border

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Number of Immigrants at the Southern Border Increasing Daily

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All over the news lately, you have seen a “Border Crisis,” and the numbers are a bit overwhelming as they reach a new peak that is 33% higher than the previous peak of Feb. 2019.

In the past month, there has been an average of 5,000 unauthorized immigrants daily. According to the American Immigration Council, 72% of all people encountered at the border were sent to Mexico or expelled to their home countries. 

“It’s legal to seek asylum. A lot of times there is this concept that people think it’s illegal, that these are illegal aliens coming into the country. But they are not. It is completely legal to seek asylum, to go to the border, turn yourself into border agents and collect asylum. That is lawful.People are doing that because they are in desperate need for protection.” ”

— Taylor Levy with Taylor Levy Law

People often mistakenly believe that immigrants are not supposed to come here, but the truth is they are entirely legal. They are what the nation started as back when the pilgrims were fleeing prosecution.

 Most of those not being expelled are unaccompanied minors who are taken into and quickly become wards of the state. According to ABC News, over 18,000 children under the age of 18 have crossed into our nation all alone. 

The number of unaccompanied minors is higher because so many families are being deported and denied asylum. Because of this, parents are deciding to send them to cross the border alone. Much like was seen during world war two, parents send their children away to keep them alive and safe. 

These children are required by law to be transferred to the state within 72 hours. 

The number of children in custody is increasing by nearly 1,000 children every day. Leslie Weeks, a Junior double majoring in management and marketing, and Izzy Oliver, a Freshman Digital Media Production major, shared their concerns about these children’s future. 

“What will become of these children?” Weeks asked, “Will they become citizens or be deported when they reach adulthood?”

Answers to this question are hard to find. However, any legal immigrant can apply for citizenship via the Citizenship Resource Center

Oliver had the same concern but also added something else as well.

“Will they receive an education?” Oliver asked. 

“When UC are released to an appropriate sponsor, while awaiting immigration proceedings, they have a right – just like other children living in their community – to enroll in local schools regardless of their or their sponsors’ actual or perceived immigration or citizenship status.” This was stated on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on their website. “State laws also require children to attend school up to a certain age.”

“My perspective is this isn’t a crisis, this is a challenge. This is about who we are as a nation.” Taylor Levy, with Taylor Levy Law, said, “We’ve always been a nation of immigrants and of people seeking safety and fleeing persecution.”