For two million immigrants, the path to the American dream has been a round trip turned into a nightmare. Since 2020, the pandemic served as an excuse for the Donald Trump government to apply Title 42 of a 1944 public health law that allows it to expel political asylum seekers expeditiously without having to put them before a judge, and on the one that the Supreme can pronounce this same week.
Some of these immigrants have repeatedly tried to cross the border on their own until they managed to raise the money to put themselves in the hands of the ‘coyotes’. For about ten thousand dollars, the Mexican ‘Mugalaris’ do their part crossing them on the sands of the Rio Grande or the desert trails, but on the other side more and more Americans finish the job, because they are less likely to be arrested. It is estimated that 71% of those who drive the vehicles in which immigrants pass camouflaged among tons of apples, beef, hidden in the underside of a vehicle or even inside a coffin are North Americans. Far from discouraging those who see no future other than reaching the US, the number of people arrested by border patrols increased by 27% last year. Also that of the dead. This year the record can be broken, with a thousand corpses on the southern border, almost three lives a day.
Criticism of López Obrador
The policy of ‘Staying in Mexico’ until the immigration authorities can study your case has turned the border cities of that country into a dangerous purgatory where birds of prey of all kinds lie in wait for those who put up as long as they can for years under awnings and poles. “The neighboring government is allowing our migrant brothers to be abused and mistreated. We are not going to allow it,” said yesterday the president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who two weeks ago did not attend the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, where solutions to the migration problem were sought.
Biden has given you a new opportunity, because he really needs your help to solve the problem that continues to break records. The Department of Homeland Security anticipates that border patrols will have 18,000 daily encounters with undocumented immigrants this summer, even though summer is never a high season for crossing the desert on foot. Both leaders will talk about all this when Biden receives López Obrador and his wife at the White House on July 12, to the smell of roast meat left by the damaged trailer in San Antonio.