The U.S.-Mexico border is at a 'breaking point' as 76,000 migrants cross in a month. Here's what you need to know

Return To Article
Add a comment
  • quackquack Park City, UT
    March 11, 2019 10:20 a.m.

    Walls dont work, just go on you-tube and google Border Tunnels hundred of videos of underground tunnels.

    Furthermore cartels and coyotes ( the people to guide people across the border) have already schemed up plans to circumvent a border wall its big business for them them.

    What I find interesting is

    The recent sudden increase in migrants may be partially due to President Trump’s goal to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico and his promise to crack down on illegal immigration.

    He created the problem why does the American Tax payer have to pay for his mistake.

  • Zidane Palm Coast, FL
    March 7, 2019 5:44 p.m.

    They need to go back to their countries and fight for their rights there.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    March 7, 2019 5:34 p.m.

    The solution is simple, do not hire or rent to illegal immigrants.

  • taking a stand for truth Lehi, UT
    March 7, 2019 4:59 p.m.

    Remember, "walls don't work". Such lies. They have always worked. As soon as walls were built in the San Diego area, trafficking and illegal crossings in that area went down. Same for Areas in AZ and TX. And what walls do, that the media and Dems refuse to ack is that they make illegals channel through the border gates where it is easier to apprehend traffickers.

    But we cannot afford walls. No money for such an expensive wall? That is what the Dem leadership and lib media feed us. Yet look a the truth? Here is what the Dems want to spend your taxpayer dollars on:

    In the two weeks since Nancy Pelosi became Speaker, her party put forth socialist proposals that pale in comparison to $5.7 billion for border security:

    Government-Run Health Care – $32 trillion
    New Long Term Care Entitlements – $3.1 trillion
    A “Green New Deal” – $2.5 trillion (and counting)
    “Free” College – $807 billion
    Government Job Guarantee – $400 billion
    Social Security Expansion – $188 billion
    Socialism Total: $40 Trillion

    5.7 b is .0001425% of $40 Trillion too expensive?? That is 1.4 ten thousandth of her proposed spending bills

    What is expensive is her expansive socialism proposals.

  • OldSalt94 West Jordan, UT
    March 7, 2019 1:27 p.m.

    No crisis yet....has to reach 1 million .
    This issue began well before 2000, it has just been exacerbated by Democratic law makers.

    March 7, 2019 1:17 p.m.

    Close the border to all intake. I mean no one. Some choose to work in the USA but reside in Mexico. Stop them too until a solution can be negotiated. Why are we responsible for so many who's governments are corrupt? Cut aide off to all countries. We can t solve all issues all of the time.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    March 7, 2019 10:59 a.m.

    It's a big world and you don't have everyone fitting into one country.

    Poverty and suffering is usually accompanied by corrupt leadership.

    Fix the problem folks! Demand leaders with good character! Know who you're voting for.

    It's that simple!---Trump did not cause our national debt or citizen dependency.

    Know where to aim your focus!

  • wgirl , 00
    March 7, 2019 10:23 a.m.

    @ rfrmac - "Why doesn't Trump announce these figures on a monthly basis every chance he can and challenge the Democrats to provide a better solution to the American Public. They don't like the wall idea. Where is their plan?"

    I think that one of the reasons Trump doesn't announce the figures on a monthly basis is because the numbers have actually gotten worse since he took office. The number of undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border last month was the highest total for February in 12 years, according to statistics released by Customs and Border Protection this week. The number of people crossing between legal ports of entry has increased, as well as the number of people legally presenting themselves at ports of entry. DHS officials said, "It is the highest total for February since 2007." So, during the Obama administration, numbers steadily decreased and have now spiked because of Trump's policies.

    Democrats tried to pass immigration reform - it has been blocked by Republicans. Trump just accepted a bi-partisan immigration fix after his shutdown, but it wasn't enough, so he is bypassing the Constitution.

    We need immigration judges and lawyers - not a wall.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    March 7, 2019 9:03 a.m.

    Having lived in Central America and South America in the 1960s, in Asia in the 1970-1980s, in Chile in the 2014-15, and Europe in the 1970s, sometimes with my family, the United States of America has always been publicized in movies, advertising and tourism as the prime location to be.

    The Founding Fathers knew this would be the country that would be the doorway for people of all backgrounds for life, Liberty and the pursuit of property and happiness.

    We in the United States of America have been asked to the needs of the poor and the needy, and administer to their relief that they shall not suffer.

    In Utah and other states have sent our children and even parents around the world to serve the needy and poor.

    My parents did that on Indian Reservations and the Philippines. My sister and her Hispanic/Native American husband did that in the McAllen, Texas Border area.

    Having seen the military/police pull people out of their homes without civil rights nor protections, these people have the vision of protections in our country.

    We are a nation of laws and order. A lot of these people have only seen power of the tyrannical leaders or military. These people live in fear.

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    March 7, 2019 9:02 a.m.

    I am intensely interested in the immigration problem, and have been since 2005.

    But I refuse to read this In-Depth report telling me what I "need to know," as told by activist, storytelling intern (her LinkedIn words.)

    The very notion is offensive to me, and should be to all thoughtful readers.

  • Flipphone , 00
    March 7, 2019 8:48 a.m.

    This is exactly what Democrats want. I hope that all you Democrats will take responsibility when this illegal migration destroys America.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    March 7, 2019 8:31 a.m.

    I can tell you from personal experience, we do not want a massive transfer of refugees. Their value system are not as civilized as ours. Yes, they are hardworking and yes, they are God's children but they have lived in a very survivalist environment.

    The humanitarian side of myself would like to help them but the self preservation side says absolutely not.

    I am very bitter for George W. Bush opening our borders for the sake of cheap labor. Every employer and every homeowner who hired these people have shared in the degrading of our American way of life.

    The Republican's intent to allow the massive migration during the GWBush years was to degrade American wages, benefits, and destroy unions. Democrats tried to stop Republicans and in the end George W. Bush tried to stop them as well.

    This is a crisis caused by GREED not by one party seeking votes.

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    March 7, 2019 8:25 a.m.

    The wall is all good and fine... but doesn't solve the problem. It is just a 8 billion dollar bandaid. What needs to be done is to address the issue at its source. Because of international trade, the number of "Mexicans" coming across the border is down - because the growth of the Mexican economy. It's not perfect by a long stretch, but it is far better than some of its southern neighbors. We also need to address the issues and barriers to legal immigration at the source.. invest more in services in country to process and validate the stories and character of those seeking to come north.

    If we improve the legal means - we can then focus more resources on those who should not be here.

  • rfrmac South Jordan, UT
    March 7, 2019 8:06 a.m.

    Why doesn't Trump announce these figures on a monthly basis every chance he can and challenge the Democrats to provide a better solution to the American Public. They don't like the wall idea. Where is their plan? When do they plan to act? I'm tired of people going after people who have put a plan out there and not providing what they think is a better plan to solve the problem then act. Talk is cheap and there's been too much of it. We need action!

  • Anti Bush-Obama , 00
    March 7, 2019 7:42 a.m.

    Don't worry everybody the Democrats say there is no crisis. And all of them are just breaking the law under the guise of applying for asylum.

  • Steve Drabner El Paso, TX
    March 7, 2019 7:22 a.m.

    Having lived in Salt Lake County, most of my life I now live in El Paso, Texas. It is the American tax payer who will have to pay for this.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    March 7, 2019 7:04 a.m.

    If the wall won’t change anything, why the uproar against it?

    If you claim it’s the price tag, then are you less offended at everything our aristocracy spends more than a $billion and on? What about the smart wall proposals that have a much higher price tag over a ten year period?

    Question why you even know about the wall and not everything else in the US Budget.

  • SME Bountiful, UT
    March 7, 2019 6:49 a.m.

    300,000 fewer single males from Mexico "numbers plummet", 375,000 more from central America. These seem to be big numbers, however listing them as a percentage increase or decrease would be much more meaningful. 5% fewer from Mexico? 20% fewer from Mexico? I wonder if this is a subtle attempt to hide things.

  • byufootballrocks Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2019 5:20 a.m.

    Of course, this is not a real crisis. According to the left, it's a "manufactured crisis."

    They mocked this President for the border wall, and refused funding. Now the real crisis is staring them in the face.

    And the Deseret News didn't help, with it's long editorial recently that downplayed the crisis and need for a border wall.

    And Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi could have compromised and President would have worked a deal that could have solved this and the Dreamer problem at the same time.

    Instead, all they cared about was handing Trump a defeat to help elect a Democrat next year.

    Any reconsideration here?

  • Jim Mesa, AZ
    March 7, 2019 4:41 a.m.

    Will the last person out of Mexico please turn off the lights

  • Copybook Headings Draper, UT
    March 7, 2019 4:38 a.m.

    @Immifriend - Sandy, UT

    "The Constitution gives people the right to court process, and to a quick and speedy trial."

    To U.S. citizens!!! Not illegal immigrants. Get educated.

  • Cougarbib2 Moorpark, CA
    March 7, 2019 3:47 a.m.

    Mexico should build a wall right down there in that skinny little piece of land between Mexico and South America. That would keep these people from coming to our border.

    It is sad that these countries, rich in natural resources, cannot take care of their own people due to rampant corruption.

  • london_josh Lincoln, CA
    March 7, 2019 2:14 a.m.

    first of all, i'm an immigrant, many people are, and by and large we aren't happy about people jumping the line.

    virtually all people in the USA are immigrants or descendants from immigrants - and the US let's in tons of people each year.

    So on to this story, there is a stat for everybody, right?

    Double immigration overall

    Mexican immigrants down significantly by 300,000

    So to the uneducated masses the right will hear "it's double" and the left will hear "way less Mexicans".

    And to those who like cognitive dissonance (basically all of us) the right will hear "it's double" and the left will hear "way less Mexicans".

    I wish that dialog was such a thing, currently it's only arguments, and since nobody reaches middle ground the arguments fail.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    March 7, 2019 12:56 a.m.

    Many church members believe that there is no emergency and that the immigrants have a right to be granted residency in the US. However the whole world knows that the US is in economic turmoil and can't sustain its own citizens let alone thousands of illegal immigrants.

    Solution: Church members can volunteer to sponsor illegal immigrants by taking them into their own homes and financially supporting them for a period of time until they can find employment and independent accommodation.

    There are many church members in Utah, California and other parts of the US who have prospered and now they need to give back to God's less fortunate children and to their country.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    March 7, 2019 12:28 a.m.

    Kindness and compassion?

    Does multimillionaire Nancy Pelosi build restrooms and provide food on the streets of San Francisco?

    What are Chuck Shumer and other multimillionaire politicians doing to helping the cause of the poor?

    Their help for the poor, views on the birth of babies, and treatment of Donald Trump, are an indication of their true character!

    If brought to presidential authority, these qualities will effect our lives. Their fierce treatment of President Trump will be turned and focused on deploable citizens.

    Yes! Citizens are changing climate and must be stopped.

  • Immifriend Sandy, UT
    March 6, 2019 11:11 p.m.

    LadyMoon, "Illegal alien" is seen by many -- including me -- as a derogatory term, a term that puts them down and attempts to put them in their place. You say, "Their (illegal aliens) liberties are not being suppressed." But, in truth, they are. The Constitution gives people the right to court process, and to a quick and speedy trial. By "metering" them, as the article refers to it, you are preventing them from even having a trial. Their rights are being suppressed.
    -- John Jackson (aka Immifriend)

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    March 6, 2019 10:28 p.m.

    We need serious reform of our asylum laws.

    Let's say they keep showing up at the rate they did in Feb. That will be 912,000 people a year. There are about 600,000-1 million people that overstay their visas every year and are in the U.S. Since 2000, we have been legally letting in about a million immigrants every year. In 2017, legal immigrants to the U.S. were at their highest level ever, at just over 37,000,000 legal immigrants. Then we have about 12+ million undocumented immigrants in our country. We have thousands more that are here on phony documents-stolen identities.

    Congress and the White House have seriously failed America for many, many years in not passing serious immigration reform. Long before we had millions of people here illegally. Letting them pour in for years, ignore our laws and borders is part of what has given people the idea they do not have to respect our laws or borders. Birthright citizenship is another thing that has strongly encouraged people to come illegally.

    People in other countries have to be reasonable about what they think we can do and pay for. We have enough problem with our own citizens not being realistic about this.

  • Marsha N. Salt Lake City, UT
    March 6, 2019 10:13 p.m.

    I believe most of these people truly have a life crisis of hunger, shelter, and violence. I don't blame them for trying to escape that. With little children dependent on me I would have done the same - even risking my own life to protect them.
    However, it is curious that never before have South Americans moved northward in the vast numbers they are now. Why? They are being funded, and moved by the "Globalist" movement - nothing more nor less than worldwide power and eventually Communist control. Europe has already found the dangers in trying to mix various cultures and peoples when customs, religions, languages and wants/needs are very different.
    I predict they won't end up much better off. They will bring drug lords, violence, ignorance, and low wages with them. And if we can assimilate them at all, it will not be for generations and at an outrageous cost.
    A terrible, horrific human conundrum! Would any of us like to be the one to formulate a solution? Both parties have kicked this battered ball down the road for too long, and no one comes up with a workable solution for Mexico and U.S. who are bearing the brunt of it all.

  • LadyMoon Pittsburgh, PA
    March 6, 2019 9:30 p.m.

    Are they, “...undocumented immigrants” as the author describes or are they illegal aliens as I contend? The test must be legitimate and fair. I suggest that The U.S. State Department, who issue all warnings commensurate with worldwide troubled, humanitarian situations are the measuring stick. There are currently zero State Department warnings for a single humanitarian crisis in the Western Hemisphere, though Venezuela is getting lots of interest. Their (illegal aliens) liberties are not being suppressed, to any degree or point necessitating any kind of government induced crisis notice. These people are choosing to follow prompts from the Left, who are pursuers of lawlessness by supporting, promoting and organizing purposeful defiance of current U.S. Immigration laws! And these misguided challengers of American resolve can follow the same steps to citizenship that we applaud for them, just as the millions who’ve joined in our liberties before them. By law. In order. Not by manipulating these people for a political maneuve by crashing into the country! Bottom line: We must and will protect our sovereign borders.

  • Bigger Bubba Herriman, UT
    March 6, 2019 9:24 p.m.

    And yet the Dems in Congress tell us there is not a crisis at the border.

    March 6, 2019 8:10 p.m.

    It's an emergency, it has been for decades, it's time we fix it.

  • emb Pleasant Grove, UT
    March 6, 2019 7:13 p.m.

    Where but in America can you sing sweet freedoms song...

    March 6, 2019 7:06 p.m.

    The USA should withdraw all troops from every foreign country in the world and focus on maintaining and protecting its borders, culture, language and currency. Without these 4 aspects intact a country degrades into abject failure.

  • SLC Grandma Salt Lake City, UT
    March 6, 2019 6:43 p.m.

    I don't know how valid it is but have read that smugglers and others take children along who are not related to them in order to claim family status. That's a hard one to solve. A while back, it was suggested that an illegal migrant's country be fined or aid cut for each citizen crossing.. it seems that would provide incentives for that country to work on improving living and working conditions for its citizens. Costa Rica has/had a big problem with illegal Guatemalan immigrants but they must've solved the problem if Guatemalans are now traveling the far greater distance to the U.S. border. If e-verify was used consistently and publicized widely, that should cut down the jobs magnet greatly. More efficient processing along with more judges and courts is absolutely imperative as releasing migrants with orders to appear at a later date is ridiculous.. they're never seen again.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    March 6, 2019 6:21 p.m.

    But obviously no emergency

  • wgirl , 00
    March 6, 2019 6:15 p.m.

    These people are coming to legal points of entry. Building a wall will do help this situation.

    Trump needs to get more immigration lawyers down to the border. He could offer to forgive student loans, or increase the pay, for lawyers who will work at the border for a few years.

    Trump needs to get more federal judges down to the border. They work for us - surely we can put them where we really need them. Let's offer judgeship to lawyers willing to work in immigration and pay them whatever it takes. We have high demand...let's attract and get in the supply. They don't need formal courtrooms...we can set up temporary accommodations until we can get more permanent infrastructure.

    We don't need to wait for laws to be changed to address this issue. We need people there to do the work.

    Trump needs to address this issue, not spend his time and our money on a wall - that Mexico was supposed to pay for - that will not help.

  • Utah_Happyman Orem, UT
    March 6, 2019 6:09 p.m.

    No Wall...You can manipulate anything to promote a desired result...Research and solutions are needed not an archaic wall...

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    March 6, 2019 5:37 p.m.

    Democrats are totally wrong on this issue and President Trump is precisely correct!

    March 6, 2019 5:23 p.m.

    I wasn't Trump that started it. The backlog was there before his policies and Presidency.

    The Democratic bill removed many beds. Where are they going to stay? I see mostly men in the pictures. Other articles put the majority as young men.

    Build the wall, stop the open border people and lawyers causing this mess, then change the laws.

    The majority of these people are economic immigrants, coming for a better life. They don't qualify for asylum.