The answer to America's border crisis

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  • Liberal Mormon Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2019 3:59 p.m.

    I like this quote from the article.

    “On the refugee side, we have an entire system and framework in place to ensure their successful integration," she said. "But on the asylum side, we lock these people up in prisons and treat them like they are criminals. I think that’s problematic morally — but it costs a lot of money to the taxpayer too.”

    Can't we, for once, do what's both the moral thing AND the fiscally responsible thing. When did the GOP leave these two principles in the dust?

  • rwbaji Leesburg, VA
    April 16, 2019 2:13 p.m.

    President Trump has made the suggestion of sending asylum seekers to Sanctuary Cities. The immigrants need a place to go. These cities welcome immigrants. Perfect solution!

  • AGF Taylorsville, UT
    April 16, 2019 8:48 a.m.

    A billion or two people with no electricity would love to come to America if they could. (Part of the reason they have no electricity is environmental opposition to fossil fuels--the World Bank won't lend them money for cheap power.) We could do more than tear down the walls; we could convert the Navy into an immigration transport service and turn the U.S. into another India. The immigrants' quality of life would improve greatly while the rest of us would see the quality of life go down rapidly.

    And the next time a Hitler tries to take over the world, the U.S. would be in a poor position to save the world.

    Lots of these immigrants come only to die in car crashes; they never learned how to drive. They don't have health or auto insurance. They fill the hospital waiting rooms waiting for free service. Most of our charity goes to immigrants. That's all OK. It's the illegal ones we're trying to keep out. And historically democrats and unions have been against even legal immigration. It has been the wealthy who hired them at low wages and made better profits, while the long time residents saw their wages stagnate or go down. Everything has a price. --AGF

  • tryingtosmile salt lake city, UT
    April 15, 2019 3:48 p.m.

    The farming communities would love the help. The farmers can't get enough workers. The state of florida has sanctuary cities. The states will welcome the refugees. They work and will help the economy. So lets see the people that don't think there are over 500,000 people over staying their visas and never go home are not a problem? These people want to work and there are towns drying up because they don't have people. The European countries knew the working age population was drying up and they took in all they could. If you say 75 out of 1 million refugges harmed people. Well we have our own home grown terrorists shooting up churchs and concerts. I will risk my life on helping out a scared family who just wants to live in peace and work. It is interesting to see how even the LDS church has changed in order to maintain its membership.
    But i live in a part of the city full of immigrants and refugees. There are 26 different nationalities in the elementary school. . They have sponsors to help teach them how things work. Germany is the best and accepted the most. Too bad we can't do the same. Maybe next election

  • AGF Taylorsville, UT
    April 15, 2019 12:52 p.m.

    "SuzViews from Mesa says: "UK data shows that the country that has been the most welcoming to immigrants & supported their efforts in ed. & employment is also the most prosperous & economically stable country — Germany!"

    Funny you should mention that. Ignoring any (spuriously) implied cause and effect:

    In 2015 Germany admitted more than a million Syrian refugees. Here's how Deutsche Welle spins it (17Feb2016): "Citing the latest findings from Germany's Federal Criminal Police Agency (BKA), on Wednesday the newspaper "Bild" reported that between 2014 and 2015, the number of crimes committed by refugees increased by 79 percent. Over the same period, however, the number of refugees in Germany increased by 440 percent."

    Wonderful news--it seems Syrian refugees were not as problematic as Iraqis.

    Sweden let in far more refugees per native capita than Germany. From Wikipedia, sv. "Crime in Sweden":

    "In May 2017 a survey by Dagens Nyheter showed that of 100 suspects of murder and attempted murder using firearms, 90 had one parent born abroad 75% were born in the 90s."

    What splendid examples! --AGF

  • ute alumni Salt Lake City, UT
    April 15, 2019 12:22 p.m.

    Secure the border. Build the wall

  • worf McAllen, TX
    April 15, 2019 11:53 a.m.

    Some folks feel it's compassionate to allow illegal immigration, yet would have a baby aborted at the time of birth.

    Some folks feel it's important for trade money flow by keeping borders open. What about stopping deaths from drugs and other crimes? What's more important?

    Has America lost its values?

  • Verk Saratoga Springs, UT
    April 15, 2019 10:48 a.m.

    Excellent! Thank you for bringing to light solutions that are both effective and compassionate.

  • SuzViews Mesa, AZ
    April 15, 2019 2:52 a.m.

    The comments about aid U.S. aid to Central America don’t reflect the latest data:

    “Salvadoran numbers are way down. They used to be roughly comparable to Honduras and Guatemalans, but U.S. humanitarian aid that supports programs in El Salvador have contributed to improving public safety and job prospects in the country, reducing the flow of migrants to the United States. U.S. officials have praised the efforts of USAID as a model that should be extended to the rest of the region, which is known as the Northern Triangle [A snapshot of where migrants go after release into the United States, WP article by Nick Miroff & Tim Meko].”

    UK data shows that the country that has been the most welcoming to immigrants & supported their efforts in ed. & employment is also the most prosperous & economically stable country — Germany!

    One last fact for people fearing that immigrants will destroy our country: Japan, China & some UK countries with low birth & immigration rates are currently exploring or implementing policies to increase the # of births &/or immigrants to support their retiring populations.

    It’s time we examined U.S. policies too. Thank you, DN for this insightful In Depth report.

  • Sense&Sensibility Mesa, AZ
    April 15, 2019 2:30 a.m.

    San Antonio Express News shared a beautiful story trending on Twitter about the music shared by Yo-Yo Ma on both sides of the border along with his inspiring words:

    “A country is not a hotel. And it’s not full,” said Ma before his performance Saturday morning. “In culture, as you all know — as you did, and do, and will do - in culture, we build bridges, not walls [Famed cellist uses music and bridges to unite cultures by
    Silvia Foster-Frau].”

    Last week, the headline news was re: POTUS closing the border between Mexico & the U.S. Here’s another quote from the article cited as to why that made no economic sense:

    “Over $200 billion in trade passes between these two border cities annually. Last year, 37 percent of the $612 billion in exports and imports between U.S. and Mexico came through Laredo’s three international bridges.”

    Thanks DN for sharing expert’s views illustrating the lack of fiscally conservative policies that are currently being enacted during this humanitarian crisis, & for your editorial board’s article stating it as such along with the need for FEMA to step in and help. How we treat people during this crisis shows the 🌍 who we are or have become as Americans.🗽

  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    April 15, 2019 12:45 a.m.

    the answer to illegal immigration? the opposite of what is being done now.

  • Bob Tanner Price, UT
    April 14, 2019 9:23 p.m.

    Build the wall...walls work and stop the bogus infiltration of illegals by closing the loop holes in our immigration policy. These are things we can easily do and due in a reasonable time span.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    April 14, 2019 8:07 p.m.

    Protecting the border is not a difficult problem. Protect America like you would a bank or a sports complex during a sporting event. How long will a bank last with open locks and no police protection?

    The problem is too many politicians want open borders with free entrance for all.

    April 14, 2019 7:45 p.m.

    Addressing this issue in a meaningful way requires that political leaders and their supporters stop the ridiculous rhetoric. Most conservatives are not racist. Most liberals are not for open borders. Most asylum seekers are not criminals. Most are seeking a safe place to live and raise their families. A wall may be effective in some areas and not in others. We solve nothing by shouting "Build the Wall" and we gain nothing by opposing all walls and fences. We need longterm solutions because immigration issues are not going away. We need more Border Patrol, more ICE and more DHS. We need to use the latest technologies to secure the border. As the article suggests, we need to expedite the court process. Hire temporary judges. Appeal to retired lawyers and judges to step into the void. Trump is not going to scare people from Central America into not seeking asylum. He is not going to scare those in Sanctuary cities by threatening to let people loose. Doing this complicates the issues as those seeking asylum won't stay in Sanctuary cities, they will go to Idaho, Utah and Nebraska where their friends and relatives.

  • Valhalla Alpine, UT
    April 14, 2019 7:09 p.m.

    I opened this article in the hopes of reviewing expert opinions on solutions to the crisis (one that started long before the Trump declaration). Sadly, what we got as solutions was:

    1) Hire more judges
    2) Send more money to what is often corrupt governments
    3) Treat all migrants as refugees

    I really do sympathize with those who want to come to our country, but these solutions do little to reduce the flow of illegal entry, or create a sustainable solution, and will burden our already bloated social programs budget. I question the expertise of those interviewed for this article. I would have found it more credible if it at the very least included a border agent and a judge who has dealt first hand with asylum claims.

  • london_josh Lincoln, CA
    April 14, 2019 7:06 p.m.

    "Historically, walls do not work..."

    Good point - what civilization has ever had a wall?

    Oh wait, basically all of them.

  • Florwood American Fork, UT
    April 14, 2019 5:51 p.m.

    Interesting suggestions. Adding judges would be a more concrete suggestion if you mentioned how many more need to be added. Is is 10, 100, 1000, or some other number.

  • skich01 Highland, UT
    April 14, 2019 4:50 p.m.

    Your article conveniently misses the main issue driving migration from Mexico and Central America: the US appetite for illegal drugs and the violent cartels that market creates. If the US were to end the insane War on Drugs, the cartels die the next day and the mass migration to avoid their violence ends as well. Prohibition has never worked and it never will. It only creates criminals and makes the organizations supplying them wealthy and powerful

  • AGF Taylorsville, UT
    April 14, 2019 3:07 p.m.

    To "Moderate": "Historically, walls do not work..."

    Where on earth does this assertion come from? The Great Wall of China? The Berlin Wall? Israel's wall? The USSR/Finland wall? Prison walls? All these peoples spent huge portions of their economy for nothing? For lack of modern experience?

    Granted, situations are different for each wall, and the Chinese wall served as a highway for defense as well, but walls always work to some extent to suit whatever purpose they are built for--to make it easier to keep people in or out.

    This outlandish claim serves only to automatically discredit whoever makes it as one who thoughtlessly repeats what other thoughtless people are saying. One should try harder to support one's position--or consider changing it. --AGF

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    April 14, 2019 2:39 p.m.

    Walls do work; they are working, now, in other parts of the world. The Organization of American States needs to convene representatives from all member Countries to work out a resolution of troubled countries' problems. Eliminating the current pressure-relief valve of people escaping to the US will help. Military co-operation and intervention should be considered to help rid countries of drug lords and gangs. Drug profits deposited in overseas banks should be seized and invested in needy countries. Or open the borders completely and let everybody into the US, but once inside, they can fend for themselves ? Or divert funds from current us social programs to help the massive inflow of refugees ? If the root problem is not solved within those troubled countries, then there will always be trouble flowing outwards.

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    April 14, 2019 2:40 p.m.

    Walls do work; they are working, now, in other parts of the world. The Organization of American States needs to convene representatives from all member Countries to work out a resolution of troubled countries' problems. Eliminating the current pressure-relief valve of people escaping to the US will help. Military co-operation and intervention should be considered to help rid countries of drug lords and gangs. Drug profits deposited in overseas banks should be seized and invested in needy countries. Or open the borders completely and let everybody into the US, but once inside, they can fend for themselves ? Or divert funds from current us social programs to help the massive inflow of refugees ? If the root problem is not solved within those troubled countries, then there will always be trouble flowing outwards.

  • JkeithC Richland, WA
    April 14, 2019 2:21 p.m.

    We have tried nation building to impose our way of life on other nations. That doesnt work.
    We have been generous with our childrens money to "help" other nations. That doesnt work.
    But we havent controlled our borders and that is essential. Build a wall. That is the first step.

  • JkeithC Richland, WA
    April 14, 2019 1:59 p.m.

    I am amazed at some comments suggesting that open borders will cure the problem. Have those people any economic or civic sense at all?
    Our bloated and generous welfare is the magnet that brings many of them. Others want to come to bring us drugs, prostitution, human trafficing and other forms of lawlessness. As soon as they cross the border their economic woes are at an end. But the burden falls heavily upon the American taxpayer. If they were seeking peace or asylum they could have stayed in Mexico but that is not the big prize.
    First of all, build a strong deterent to prevent unauthorized entry.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    April 14, 2019 1:49 p.m.

    stand up for truth - Lehi, UT "They still ignore the correct fix to the problem at its roots (stopping the leak by building a wall)"

    Let's grant your wish. You have a wall. Historically, walls do not work, so Trump's shiny new wall doesn't stop the leak. Now what?

    That is a very important question.

    If you have a wall and still have illegal immigration, what is the root cause?
    That is what we should address.

  • stand up for truth Lehi, UT
    April 14, 2019 12:21 p.m.

    I am tired of listening to liberal media, liberal respondents here spend all their time criticizing Trump. They offer no real solutions but are really good at affixing negative labels on Trump and those who follow him. Look, I don't like some things about him and I did not vote for him. But honestly, he has done more for the good of this country and protection of same since Reagan.

    They still pretend there either is no crisis or else it was caused by Trump.
    They still put out "factual" lies suggesting the illegals cost American taxpayers nothing.
    They still ignore the correct fix to the problem at its roots (stopping the leak by building a wall) and instead suggest we just need more judges and shelters.

    And many of them suggest they welcome the illegals with open arms. Do they really? Then send the illegals to their sanctuary cities and states. Really.

    I love immigrants... legal ones. Let them all stand in line and do the right thing. That is what my ancestors and yours did, not this way.

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    April 14, 2019 11:45 a.m.

    Do we actually have a border crisis? Or do we just have a president who called Mexicans drug traffickers and rapists and is being hysterical about the border for political reasons?

    Our President is the King of hyperbole, nothing he says can be taken seriously.

  • Mayfair Logan, UT
    April 14, 2019 11:41 a.m.

    The prices for a bed per night figures given in this article are ridiculous--like the proverbial $600 hammer.

  • JimInSLC Salt Lake City, UT
    April 14, 2019 11:02 a.m.

    Start by enforcing Rule of Law. The supreme law of the land is the Constitution; The Supreme Court ruled that immigration regulation is exclusive responsibility of the federal government. The Executive branch of govt. (president) has responsibility of enforcing the law.

    It is unlawful for a person or other entity to hire for employment in the US an alien. Enforcing this law will go a long way towards solving the problem.

    Social welfare programs are to help US citizens. Enforcing this policy will go a long way toward solving the problem.

    The process for legal immigration into the US must begin at the embassy of the persons country of origin. Illegal crossing of the border will cost time in prison until they have worked enough to pay for fare back to their country of origin.

    Sanctuary cities are unconstitutional. State and local govt. are to abide the supreme law of the land. State/local officials that do not obey the law should be removed from office.

    If the President does his job of enforcing the current law, pressure will be put on Congress to do their job in drafting laws that address the problem. Those changes will only work if the law is obeyed.

  • dski Herriman, UT
    April 14, 2019 10:41 a.m.

    If we do not control our borders, no one will. California has repeatedly sued Trump for one thing or another regarding this issue, including sanctuary cities policies. Interestingly, in the past few weeks, two activists, wearing sombreros, climbed over the Governor’s mansion wall to protest the State’s opposition to the wall at the border. They were arrested and charged for illegal entry. Their point was to highlight the State’s hypocrisy. US citizens are charged for illegal entry to a taxpayers’ property but they will not charge foreigners for their illegal entry to the country.

    It will not be a surprise when these sanctuary cities file lawsuits to stop Trump from sending these immigrants to them.

    Mr President, please let them host these folks. They came thousands of miles seeking sanctuary.

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    April 14, 2019 10:24 a.m.

    Puukko Orem

    "reality would be served by listening to Pelosi."

    "Listen to anybody but pelosi she is mot of the problem. Her plan is to fight anything the Republicans want to do. She has no solution, only resist
    President Trump."

    I think you're speaking of McConnell and the GOP that tries to block any reasonable ideas, simply because they don't have any plans, only obstruction. 10 years worth so far.


    "Haven't Nancy Pelosi and Di Fi gone on ad nausium about how these people who are seeking asylum being gifts of love from the world and should be given sanctuary, why not give them what they want and send these people to their sanctuary cities? What? They don't want these gifts of love? Make up your minds, ladies."

    Hate Speech!

    You do realize that Utah has several "sanctuary" cities, thanks to the efforts of the LDS corp to get more converts. Those are "gifts of love" if people convert.


    " suggest the Book of Revelations, and the fact that God is planning on using a wall to protect New Jerusalem.
    That pretty much ends the discussion of walls working".

    When you have nothing, resort to bible babble, try secular law !

  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    April 14, 2019 10:19 a.m.

    The answer to trump's border crisis...

    Fire trump 2020.

    The answer to America's problems...

    In any enterprise, people are hired to find solutions to enable the enterprise to be successful.

    In America, people run for office promising solutions.

    In America, those same people spend endless hours after being elected groveling for $$$$ to enable them to be re-elected.


    Solutions will have to wait until the next election.

    Sounds familiar?

    Fire trump 2020.

  • charlie24 Sandy, UT
    April 14, 2019 9:34 a.m.

    It would seem difficult to have it both ways, a leadership in countries that people should be helped to flee but the same leadership should be assisted with money. More likely, living in the US is simply an upgrade over opportunity in most other places. A responsible policy would include determining a number of refugees that can be accommodated considering other domestic needs followed by a process that is fair to everyone that would like to immigrate to the US. Since those applying greatly outnumber our ability to accommodate, the process needs to anticipate numbers that will be denied. Those that do not follow the legal process should not gain an advantage over those that do. Competing for admission are others that work very hard to have something to offer countries willing to take in immigrants.

  • Flipphone , 00
    April 14, 2019 8:39 a.m.

    I like the Idea of sending them to Liberal cities.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    April 14, 2019 8:26 a.m.

    Look at the wages of tradesmen today.

    Look at worker's benefits.

    Look at our homelessness.

    Look at our over crowded schools.

    Look at our crime rate.

    In 2002 George W Bush opened the doors to illegag immigration and flooded our country.
    The objective was to force down the costs of labor.
    Now we have eleven million illegal aliens (that we know of).

    Real Americans are underpaid and underappreciated.

    We have got to stop opening our boarders.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    April 14, 2019 8:04 a.m.

    Great well balanced article. What America needs right now is strong leadership that can can bring people together for compromise. It’s obvious that Trump can’t do that. The facts clearly show his inflammatory, dishonest rhetoric is exacerbating the situation at the border.

  • tsobserver Mapleton, UT
    April 14, 2019 8:02 a.m.

    Some good suggestions in this article. The problem is they all require legislative action. Both parties have demonstrated for decades that they do not want to solve the problem. Immigration is a convenient political hot potato, a game of contention for politicians who could not care less about the real people involved.

    If we want solutions over rhetoric and partisan gamesmanship, we'll need to start voting out both Democrats and Republicans. And that seems highly unlikely.

  • swsmartlady Mesa, AZ
    April 14, 2019 7:46 a.m.

    Apprehended not deported. They're all being captured then released. Truth is more illegals were captured and deported under the Obama administration than any other administrations.
    I used to take the hard line of "illegals? then leave" but now I see this is a human issue and shouldn't be a political hammer for any administration. I would venture to say that 90 percent of the comments here are coming from people that had ancestors that were given the chance at a better life here and are all immigrants.
    It's a catch 22 here. "Well they need to get legal." Ok and? How are they supposed to do that if they aren't allowed the same chances that our ancestors were afforded? Legal citizens means legal workers which in turn means taxpayers.
    The myth that illegals get benefits is the most egregious lie that people are buying into because that's what they've had drilled into their heads for years. Do your research. Illegals cannot get benefits. Our tax dollars are not supporting them.
    The sooner this country can go back to what it was founded on the better we'll all be.

  • PHQ Sandy, UT
    April 14, 2019 7:44 a.m.

    I bet that everyone that has commented lives with a fence around their home, and lock the doors of their home and their car.
    If You are all so willing to let anyone and everyone in to this country without knowing who they are, maybe you should take down your fences and remove your locks. " Practice what you preach"!!

  • rbwinn Maricopa, AZ
    April 14, 2019 7:36 a.m.

    The border crisis relates to a problem created by President Thomas Jefferson which has plagued the United States court system since his Presidency. He refused to deliver federal judicial appointments made by President John Adams, causing a Supreme Court case, Marbury v. Madison. That case resulted in control of the federal court system by the Republican-Democrat Party started by Jefferson. That control enabled political party enforcement of slavery for the next sixty years. If there are not enough judges to handle the situation, the President of the United States has the Constitutional power to appoint enough judges. But the situation created by Jefferson when he did not honor judicial appointments made by Adams persists to this day. The reason why Trump does not make enough appointments to handle the situation is because the judiciary is seen by both parties as the source of power in government, and the thing over which Civil Wars are fought. Trump should just go ahead and make the appointments. The Democratic Party of today is not like the Democratic Party that started the Civil War. Today they are a weak party which has no will or ability to do what they did in 1860.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    April 14, 2019 6:43 a.m.

    I support the president in his assessment there is a dire emergency at the border

    I don’t support his idea of a wall, nor do his military advisers so let’s not go down that road.

    E verify should be enforced and that means clearing a way for illegals to be deported immediately and companies and individuals to be held fiscally accountable.

    American schools, hospitals, and prisons can be built and maintained in Mexico for less than the cost of admitting asylum seekers into the country. As the article mentions the problem is not short term so lookingdown the road let’s put in place long term solutions.

    Having asylum seekers apply and live in government housing in Mexico while awaiting hearings is less costly than doing it here. The Mexican domiciles, prisons and schools would also provide local jobs.

    The American prisons there could deal with the over crowding our country is experiencing in the prison system and all illegal prisoners could immediately be transferred.

    Stop playing the blame game and look for actual ongoing solutions.

  • Mark from Montana Davis County, UT
    April 14, 2019 6:43 a.m.

    I find Trump at fault on many issues, at many levels, but no, he is not to blame for the inflow of illegals along the southern border. How they are treated once they arrive, certainly, but for the flow.

    I have long thought that the US would save so much money by treating the actual disease and not the symptom that happens 700 miles away. The gangs and violence in two or three central American countries is what is driving the flow. Spend the money to help strip the gangs of their power, to build infrastructure in those countries so people can live safe productive lives.

    If people are safe and can provide and live in their home countries they will stop coming to the US. That will save the country billions of dollars. More judges, more fencing, more guards, etc. is like treating a severed artery by putting a bandage on a different person.

  • omahahusker Modesto, CA
    April 14, 2019 6:08 a.m.

    The biggest step to fix the problem is for the "Do Nothing" Congress to open their eyes to illegal immigration, then provide real solutions to control the border. They idea the Dems can't cooperate with Pres. Trump originates with bad leadership of the House. This crisis will harm our country for years to come. It will most like change the cultural landscape of the US the likes we have never seen.

  • It Begins In Utah Logan, UT
    April 13, 2019 11:58 p.m.

    I appreciated this article. Unlike much of the political rhetoric, it really does a good job of trying to look at the root causes of the immigration challenges we face, as well as providing some meaningful thoughts on how to address them.

    If we ever want to solve these problems, we will need to look at them in terms of long-term solutions. There are some shorter-term systemic issues that can be addressed (such as hiring more judges, which clearly would benefit the current system). But unless we address the underlying supply and demand factors, this will always be an issue. Building walls or expensive detention practices don't do anything to address demand factors, and will cost us a lot of money in both the short and long run. Putting aside politics and addressing the root of the issue will save us money in the long run AND help to solve the problems we face.

  • utahute69 Laguna Niguel, CA
    April 13, 2019 11:35 p.m.

    I love how the so called expert suggest that the US can tell counties receiving foreign aid how to spend those funds. Most foreign aid is a joke and is never seen by the average citizen in need. The answer is easy. Just stop providing government aid, in any form, to those that are in the US illegally. We provide free education, healthcare, housing, etc and then we wonder why people are lined up at the boarder. What is even more amazing are the politicians and their supporters that are fighting every attempt to stop a problem that will ultimately be a social welfare disaster with fewer people paying taxes to support more people. Most of the world would show up at the US boarder given a chance and ask for refugee status while the open boarder crowd somehow believes that there are never ending resources not only for our citizens in need but anyone that makes it across the boarder willing to vote for those that give away the most. Oh, next time please consult those people that work for the US Boarder Patrol for their input and leave the, so called, academics out of the discussion.

  • Truth2017 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 13, 2019 11:33 p.m.

    Solutions are easier. Follow international law and make asylum seekers apply for asylum in the first safe country they arrive. Central Americans crossing would have to apply in Mexico for asylum in Mexico. The number of economic migrants seeking asylum would plummet.
    2. In addition, we could change our laws to require asylum seekers to apply at our embassies instead of the border.
    3. Take away the economic incentives, by not giving asylum seekers work permits or government benefits.
    4. Limit the amount of asylum seekers that the US will accept on an annual basis. We already limit how many can apply at some border crossings.

    Most of the problems are a result of bad laws and interpretation of those laws.

  • CPA Howard Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
    April 13, 2019 11:12 p.m.

    In 2008 or 2009 the democrats had the majority in the house, 60 votes in the senate, and the president; and could have rewritten the immigration laws to reflect their views, but they didn’t. There could be three reasons they didn’t: they really aren’t serious about immigration reform; they couldn’t get enough members of their party to pass a immigration reform; or they like to use this as a club to hit the republicans with.

    I believe all three are true. Instead of fixing the immigration problem they chose to pass ACA. I feel fixing the problem at the border was more important.

    If they don’t like the current laws, they only have themselves to blame because they could have rewritten the laws in 2008 or 2009 without any input from the republicans.

  • SLars Provo, UT
    April 13, 2019 10:48 p.m.

    The appeals court has overthrown the 9th circuit court judge's decision to force Trump to bring those waiting for an asylum hearing into this country instead of leaving them in Mexico.

    They ruled that leaving them in Mexico is permissible.


    The 1.3 in the Democratic bills, would cover upkeep of the border fence that Schumer and Pelosi voted for in 2006. The 1.6 billion would pay for upkeep and hire more judges to go with the judges Clinton, Bush and Obama hired. We can't stop it with judges. Although they will help, the more cases we clear, the more people come here.

  • conservative lady Ramona, CA
    April 13, 2019 10:47 p.m.

    None of the comments came from those who live near the border. Listen to those who live near the borders of TX, AZ, NM and CA. Trump did not create this problem you need to look deeper than blaming a recently elected president! Illegal entry has exacerbated b/c of those who want a globalized economy. Surface solutions will never solve the problem. Recognize that Pelosi Schumer are in resistance mode as a political tactic. Trump is trying to instill LEGAL immigration. I applaud that and know legal entry is God's plan, not Satan's. Look at Agenda 21 signed back in 1992 for some of the causes of the mess the world is in. It is against freedom - liberty and love of country, all part of God's plan.

  • RockOn1224 Spanish Fork, UT
    April 13, 2019 10:29 p.m.

    So the higher court says Trump can tell asylum seekers they have to remain in Mexico until we can get to them. Reasonable.

    Trump wants to ship "undocumented" people to Sanctuary Cities and States but it might be illegal to ship them from Texas or other border states to sanctuary cities.'s a solution. California has declared itself to be a Sanctuary State so... tell all the "undocumented" folks that the ports of entry in Texas, NM and Arizona are closed but the ports all along the California border are totally open. Come on in! You're welcome in California. Everyone gets what they want.

  • pragmatistferlife Salt Lake City, UT
    April 13, 2019 6:45 p.m.

    "Listen to anybody but pelosi she is mot of the problem. Her plan is to fight anything the Republicans want to do. She has no solution, only resist
    President Trump."

    Sorry, Puukko Orem - , 00 you are dead wrong. Pelosi and the Democrats have put fort multiple pieces of legislation and each one corresponds to the solutions of this article and the experts. Remember the 1.6, and the 1.3 billion plans this year all had substantial monies for asylum courts and judges, plus plans for humane detention.

    Educate yourself.

  • jparry Provo, UT
    April 13, 2019 4:36 p.m.

    Thanks for a balanced, well-researched article, Ms. Friedman!

    April 13, 2019 3:31 p.m.

    Bad day for this article. The AP reports Mexican authorities said a group of about 350 migrants broke the locks on a gate at the Guatemalan border Friday and forced their way into southern Mexico to join a larger group of migrants trying to make their way toward the United States."

    "A similar confrontation occurred on the same border bridge between Mexico and Guatemala last year."

    "The institute said the migrants were acting in a "hostile" and "aggressive" way, and accused them of also attacking local police in Metapa, a Mexican village that lies between the border and the nearby city of Tapachula."

    Coveting with force?

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    April 13, 2019 3:23 p.m.

    All Dems could complain about when Obama was in was what obstructionists Republicans were at every turn. This was true. Now Dems are doing the same thing they hated. Disgusted with both parties. We need to get the $ out of our elections and come up with a 3rd viable party which represents 90% of Americans views and not the 5% on each side the Republicans and Dems represent.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    April 13, 2019 2:57 p.m.

    Most of you do not understand that this flow of people northward is U.S. chickens come home to roost, that is American corporate exploitation of these countries has left them wrecks. Read "Cuba, Anatomy of a Revolution."

    April 13, 2019 2:48 p.m.


    I suggest the Book of Revelations, and the fact that God is planning on using a wall to protect New Jerusalem.

    That pretty much ends the discussion of walls working.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    April 13, 2019 12:44 p.m.

    "We’re pouring a lot of money into locking up migrants when we could actually be spending a lot less to make sure they’re getting off on the right foot to be successful here."

    But this isn't what Trump supporters want. I'm sure they'd prefer it didn't cost so much, but we don't hear them complaining about it, do we? What we hear is them complaining about these people having any chance of being allowed to stay. Trump supporters do not want these people here and many aren't averse to using punitive measures to prevent it.

    If we want a sane, smart, and humane approach to immigration - one that more closely reflects historical American values - we have to push the Stephen Miller's of the world back to the margins. The sooner the better. IMO, immigration is going to be a constant issue for us into the foreseeable future, whether due to failing countries, climate change, or a combination of both.

  • Puukko Orem , 00
    April 13, 2019 10:28 a.m.


    "reality would be served by listening to Pelosi."

    Listen to anybody but pelosi she is mot of the problem. Her plan is to fight anything the Republicans want to do. She has no solution, only resist
    President Trump.

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    April 13, 2019 10:27 a.m.

    RRB - SLC, UT

    "Giving foreign aide to these countries has not helped, as the governments have encouraged many to come here, and send money home. They are taking a page out of Mexico's past. "

    and your solution is.......?

    "Perhaps the threat of reduced foreign aide many stop the people from leaving their own country, if their country discourages it."

    That has worked so well in the past and present, so we should keep doing it.

    "Combined with stricter asylum laws, (International law requires people to apply at the first border), and a wall that works, it would be a start to fixing our immigration laws."

    Other experts, besides yourself, have said a wall is a waste of time and money. What expert knowledge do you have that it would work?

    The simplest thing to do is something Trump and Republicans won't do.... E-VERIFY.

    Too restrictive to business they say. So they don't really want to do anything if businesses are making money.

    Arrest, fine and jail those that hire illegals and the problem of illegal immigration gets greatly curtailed.

    But so many of you believed Trump's promise that he would build a wall and Mexico would pay for it.

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    April 13, 2019 10:26 a.m.

    The first thing to note is that the border really does have a crisis. President Trump has been speaking truthfully. The Democrats have been willfully lying.

    Secondly, a physical barrier such as a wall is an absolutely essential part of any immigration control plan. The idea that "walls don't work" is obviously preposterous.

    Thirdly, any plan must be enforced. We already have immigration laws that would work if simply enforced. Sanctuary cities must be immediately stopped, sanctioned, and the leaders of those cities prosecuted for obstructing justice.

    It is obvious which party support the solutions and which one is obstructing at every level

  • twinkleberry67 Layton, UT
    April 13, 2019 10:18 a.m.

    Haven’t Nancy Pelosi and Di Fi gone on ad nausium about how these people who are seeking asylum being “gifts of love” from the world and should be given sanctuary, why not give them what they want and send these people to their sanctuary cities? What? They don’t want these gifts of love? Make up your minds, ladies.

  • AGF Taylorsville, UT
    April 13, 2019 9:58 a.m.

    By all means, send the huddled masses to sanctuary cities--e.g., Pelosi's San Francisco (not my idea). --AGF

  • NotSoNaive Lehi, UT
    April 13, 2019 9:56 a.m.

    To the liberal mind solutions to social problems are nearly always the same: give aid by taxing the “rich” to make the non-rich feel they are solving the problem. This never works. The real solution is to hold the banana republic corrupt leaders accountable for the prosperity (or lack of it) of their countries and people. That is much to involved for a liberal policy. It requires the best conservative thinking and policy, but works.

  • BJMoose Syracuse, UT
    April 13, 2019 9:48 a.m.

    The razor and concertina wire sure make America look like a warm loving place to be. Reminds me of Syria. They need to also wrap it around the Statue of Liberty to hide the saying inscribed on its base.

  • Happy Valley Hillbilly Alpine, UT
    April 13, 2019 9:37 a.m.

    The article makes some good points worth consideration. In addition, the US should use its considerable influence on Mexico and other nations in South America to take in the majority of those who want to leave their homes in Central America. These people can obtain the freedom they desire from the dangers they claim are present in their homelands much better there than by making a long arduous trek to the US border. Their assimilation in these countries would be much easier for them as well since a common language and many cultural aspects of life would be familiar to them as opposed to the US where they would face many difficult challenges.

  • The Dark Knight Salt Lake City, UT
    April 13, 2019 9:30 a.m.

    The most important step in addressing issues with immigration is for the President to start dealing with what is actually happenjng instead of trying to instill fear through propaganda. Everything about his approach to immigrantion has been disgraceful.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    April 13, 2019 9:15 a.m.

    A Marshal Plan for Central America! Worked after WWII, it would work now.

  • JaneB Wilsonville, OR
    April 13, 2019 8:37 a.m.

    Article didn't mention drug demand in US - the number one reason for the instability, violence, and threats in these countries. People would not take on thousand mile journeys if their lives and their children's lives were not in mortal danger. These people should be given every chance for safety and peace here. So no, don't make the asylum laws tougher.

    Border fence will do nothing to stop those seeking asylum. They come at ports of entry and go directly to border control to start the asylum process. Hiring more judges is essential. And then letting these people find work. We have jobs ready and waiting.

  • Fabled Soul Provo, UT
    April 13, 2019 8:28 a.m.

    One day newspapers are grandstanding about how out of control the national debt is. The next day they’re saying how we should give more money to Central America and pay to take in the worlds’ economic refugees?! Build the wall, end bogus asylum, and enforce our immigration laws.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    April 13, 2019 8:25 a.m.

    Read the many articles, with no political slant, that prove that Trump's convoluted immigration "National Emergency" is the reason for tripling the flow of illegals seeking asylum. Trump has no plans, he has feelings. Those feelings change weekly, if not daily. There was no "crisis" until Trump created one. Illegal immigration was at its lowest point in a decade, until Trump took office.

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    April 13, 2019 7:24 a.m.

    It's nice to see CIS quoted for some solutions. In the future, it would be nice to find sources to disagree with left-leaning immigration advocacy groups as well. It isn't hard to weave into the story opposing points-of-view, was it?

    As for the analysis, there are a few points that need exploration.
    #1 - "Fleeing the violence," does NOT mean coming to the USA. That's a non sequitur. It might be as simple as moving to another neighborhood or town. Let's admit there is much opportunism in these caravans.

    #2 - America has no mandate to be the rescue shelter for the world. We are maxed out in courts and detention beds. Increasing our capacity to receive more asylum-seekers is foolish when we can't even process rape kits for our own people.

    The world is on the move. About 10% of the world's adults want to live elsewhere. America is their first choice of destinations with 159 million people wanting to come here. That pressure is likely to grow. We need firm policies and a will to enforce them to turn back the onslaught.

    But our politicians are stuck on stupid, and have been for decades now. You don't win elections by telling people "No," but that is exactly what is called for.

  • pragmatistferlife Salt Lake City, UT
    April 13, 2019 7:21 a.m.

    So in summary, everything Trump is doing exacerbates the real problems, and reality would be served by listening to Pelosi.

  • wisetimes Phoenix, AZ
    April 13, 2019 6:34 a.m.

    "Don't let a solution become worse than the original problem". What would the majority of humans do if living in severe poverty, and intense danger? Seek safer territory. We Americans would feel forced to do the same if conditions pushed us to survival mode.

    Hence neighboring countries must get their heads together to support change that prevents & addresses the problem at the core. Hate and criminalization of those attempting to survive must replaced with research into all factors that contribute to the problem, and identification of ways to contribute to solutions while not merely throwing funds in the air, or stopping all aide.
    It is a matter of knowledge, compassion, creativity, and wisdom. We must do this now for everyones' sake. “Everything...affects everything”

  • John Brown 1000 Laketown, UT
    April 13, 2019 12:18 a.m.

    The suggestions in this article make no sense.

    1. "There are loopholes. So don't close them." That's like saying you don't need to brush your teeth, just get more dentists.

    2. "They are fleeing violence in countries we've been giving aid to for decades. So keep giving those countries aid." Huh? how does doing more of the same change anything?

    3. "Interdicting illegal immigrants costs too much. So don't interdict them. Just open the borders and provide job training and subsidies for housing for all who arrive." You think it's expense now? Wait until you need to help with housing and everything else for a sudden influx of 42 million immigrants (Gallup's estimate).

    Here's an easier solution.

    1. Put up a wall to make the border easier and cheaper to manage. It's a force multiplier for the agents.

    2. Get rid of the loopholes.

    3. Ask each community in the United States how many immigrants they're willing to take in, teach English, train, and help with housing. Let the local governments pay for it. Whatever that total number is, that's the number of immigrants we let in each year.

    4. Make it easier for migrants to work in the United States by using e-verify.

    April 12, 2019 11:42 p.m.

    Giving foreign aide to these countries has not helped, as the governments have encouraged many to come here, and send money home. They are taking a page out of Mexico's past.

    Perhaps the threat of reduced foreign aide many stop the people from leaving their own country, if their country discourages it.

    Combined with stricter asylum laws, (International law requires people to apply at the first border), and a wall that works, it would be a start to fixing our immigration laws.