The harrowing photo of a drowned toddler and her father along the Rio Grande has illustrated the risks migrants are willing to take to reach the U.S., even as increasingly hardline policies by President Donald Trump ‘s administration aim to keep them out.
Near dawn on Friday, the line of trucks waiting to cross the border from Mexico into the United States stretched for more than three miles and wasn’t moving.
“I would let everybody in who comes here to contribute, and no one who wants to come here to do harm, and see how easy this is,” the billionaire industrialist said on Monday in Redwood City, Calif. “This goes to our whole philosophy of openness. … We have to have an open society – open to ideas, people, goods and services – to learn from each other and have us all benefit.”
The idea of sending an emergency response team to the border is in an exploratory phase.
In August, during an interview with a local television station, Cindy Hyde-Smith, the junior Republican senator from Mississippi, sought to shore up her national security bona fides by sharing a trip she took to the southwest border.
For thousands of Central Americans packed into a sports complex in Tijuana that’s crowded with tents and smells strongly of sewage, the journey has only gotten harder.
“I have faith in God we’ll get to the United States,” said Aguilar, who carries a Bible and a change of clothes in his backpack. “With the faith we have, [Trump] have a hard heart, but if God touches it, he’ll change and let us in.”
Earlier this week, after the Trump Administration sent tear-gas canisters flying across the United States-Mexico border, into Tijuana, trailing lines of smoke like tiny jet streams aimed at the so-called caravan of refuge-seeking migrants trekking north from Central America, a photo of the violence, taken by Kim Kyung-Hoon, for Reuters, went viral.
A group of migrant women in the caravan announced Thursday that it would begin a hunger strike to protest the slow pace at which the women are being allowed to apply for asylum, as officials from the United States and Mexico are set to meet this weekend to negotiate a plan to process their claims.
The situation at the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry has been chaotic and confusing in recent days. And reactions from the American public suggest that photos and footage from the scene serve as a sort of Rorschach test.