The Washington Post is a out with a good piece that looks beyond the political and media posturing…
It points to the fact that US/Mexican border is NOT being overrun…..
It points to seasonality ebbs and flows at the border….
It points to the lost economic revenue that American border towns and local governments suffer with the the on and off changes in border enforcement policy…
It points to politicians of both parties using the situation for their own political points…
It points to the people in that region wanting the people in Washington to sit-down and write laws that will set a standard for immigrants and the American government that can become permanent in dealing with the situation….
But many of those who live along the border in Texas say that while there has been a dramatic increase in the number of migrants caught crossing illegally, the border itself has been heavily restricted for nearly a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Last March, the Trump administration closed the border to nonessential pedestrian and vehicular traffic from Mexico, halting not just asylum seekers but also Mexicans who regularly crossed international bridges to legally shop, dine and spend money in border communities. Border cities, many of which struggle with high rates of poverty, depend on the fees collected from bridge traffic and have seen their coffers empty with the closures.
In Texas’s Rio Grande Valley — home to 13 international bridges for pedestrians and vehicles — traffic at the crossings is down 50 to 60 percent, representing millions in losses, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection and local officials. In Hidalgo County alone, leaders say cross-border commerce represents about a third of its revenue. The same is happening at the 15 other international bridges and border crossings in the state.
“There’s no open borders here,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez said. “The border is shut down to most everyone.”….