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Texas A&M Researcher: Immigration At Southern Border A Humanitarian Crisis, Not An ‘Invasion’

The latest issue of The Takeaway outlines shifting immigration trends and urges Congress to take action to relieve the humanitarian crisis at the Southwest border.
By Texas A&M University Bush School of Government & Public Service Staff May 30, 2019

A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas.
A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas.

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Changing immigration trends are the topic of a new issue of The Takeaway, a publication of the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University.

According to the policy brief, the number of apprehensions at the Southwest border has decreased almost 76 percent since 2000, but the steep rise in the number of families attempting to cross, the increase in credible fear claims, and the lack of functional laws and resources all point to a growing humanitarian crisis.

While the Trump Administration “has framed the crisis as an invasion of the homeland,” author Madison L. Moore, a recent graduate of the Bush School of Government & Public Service, writes, “the facts simply do not support that claim.”

“This is not a crisis of numbers, but a crisis of who those numbers represent — families,” the author writes in the policy brief. “It is a social welfare crisis that is being met with security enforcement solutions. Families, that while seeking refuge in our home, are met with a system that simply has no place for them and an Administration that aspires to build a wall against them.”

The author asks us to recognize that the United States is failing to protect children and serve families legitimately seeking refuge, and urges Congress to act. You can read about it in “Humanitarian Crisis on the Southwest Border.”

The Takeaway is a publication of the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy at the Bush School at Texas A&M University.

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