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Social Justice Issue: Border Immigration

Updated: Aug 1, 2019

by Emily Garcia Ruiz

Since Donald Trump has been President of the United States, he has sent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, to different parts of the US to arrest immigrants. Pittsburgh City Paper, reported that Pennsylvania has had the most ice arrests in the United States. National Public Radio, reported that President Trump stated, "It starts on Sunday, and they're going to take people out, and they're going to bring them back to their countries, or they're going to take criminals out put them in prison in the countries they came from." 

According to BBC News, in 2018, there was a caravan of over 7,000 migrants that arrived at the US-Mexico border claiming that they were fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Most arrests are toward immigrants who have been ordered to deport, but are still here. This is the situation for a lot of immigrants. The New York Times, states, “that when they arrest families, they get arrested altogether, but because of the limited space, the families end up in hotels until their documents are ready. The New York Times also stated, “ICE’s goal is to deport the families as quickly as possible”.

CNN shows a picture of two immigrants, Oscar Alberto Martinez and his  daughter, who were found face down in the Rio Grande. The Rio Grande is a big river that begins in south-central Colorado and flows to the Gulf of Mexico. The Rio Grande also forms a part of the Mexico-US border. “They left El Salvador with their family on April 3, seeking a better life in Dallas, Texas,” said their family members. CNN also reported, “imagine a girl tucked in her father’s shirt, her arm slung around his neck  as they lie on shore. There were 5 cans of beer floating on the reeds of the river bank and one beside the girl’s body”. 

Kamala Harris tweeted about the incident: “These families seeking asylum are often fleeing extreme violence. And what happens when they arrive?” Trump says, 'Go back to where you came from.' That is inhumane. Children are dying. This is a stain on our moral conscience”. The number of deaths at the border have increased and will continue increasing as time goes by.

Immigrants shouldn’t be treated like this, and end up in situations like these. They should be treated with dignity and respect. 

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