A slow-moving group of migrants, who are dwindling in numbers, continues to travel through Mexico towards the U.S. This group has captured the imagination of President Trump. He has used this group of women, children, and men fleeing poverty and violence to whip up excitement in the form of hate and fear in order to motivate his base to vote in the upcoming mid-term elections.
Trump has falsely stated that these migrants are “invaders” and that they pose a dangerous threat to Americans. He has even ordered over 5,000 troops to the Southern border to protect against around 3,500 migrants. These troops are supposed to arrive just before the mid-terms on November 4th. On top of the anti-immigrant fever Trump has been stoking in regards to the migrants, he has promised to try and end birthright citizenship, which is guaranteed by the 14th Amendment, by executive order despite the fact that he cannot overturn a constitutional amendment in such a way.
Some have suggested that Trump and his administration will back off on these new immigrant policies and actions after the elections. They hope that the president along with congress will be able to sit down together to come up with solutions that will actually work.
It should be noted that there is no undocumented immigration crisis. In fact, since 2010, the flow of illegal Mexican immigrants has significantly decreased. From the years 2010 to 2016, there has been a drop off of almost one million when it comes undocumented immigrants coming from Mexico to the U.S. And 2016 saw the lowest number of undocumented immigrants since 2003, a change that occurred during the Obama years and before the Trump policy of family separation and the possibility of sending military troops to the border.
The reason for this decline wasn’t because of inhumane immigration polices or a well-built wall; it was due to the fact that life has improved for those living in Mexico. While crime and corruption are still great problems in Mexico, the economy has vastly improved, which means that the employment rate has gone up and wage growth has followed. To really put an end to illegal immigration, the U.S should focus on bettering the economies and lives in the countries from which these migrants are fleeing. With economic opportunity and safety, the residents of those countries, like Honduras, will not want to immigrate to the U.S.