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BORDER BATTLE

Debate over security at the U.S. Southern Border hits center stage in Washington D.C., as the death of a child highlights a crucial challenge of our times.

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BIG PICTURE: NOVEMBER

  • 25,000+ “family units” apprehended at border. Family units = # of individuals (adult or child) apprehended with a family member.
  • 5,200+ *unaccompanied* children (under age of 18) *also* apprehended at border.
  • Family Units or children = more than half of the total 51,856 border apprehensions.

 

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Why So Many Families?

“Central Americans know they will have a better chance of avoiding deportation, at least temporarily, if they are processed along with children.” ~ Washington Post

  • In 2018, Guatemala had the most illegal border apprehensions.
  • Guatemalan community leaders worry some children are victims of human trafficking. (WAPO)
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Child Death: Details

  • 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died at hospital Dec. 8, in custody of U.S gov’t.
  • She traveled with her father, part of 163 people who turned themselves over to 3 border patrol agents in an extremely remote part of New Mexico.
  • 50 children in group, traveling without parents or guardians.
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“Please, we are begging you, present yourselves and your children at a port of entry and seek to enter legally and safely.”

Statement from Dept. of Homeland Security, mapping out events of the death of a 7-year-old girl while in the custody of border patrol. Border Patrol says they've rescued more than 4,300 people in the past year.
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Something To Consider:

  • Illegal border apprehensions up 25% in 2018 vs. 2017 (historic low).
  • Death of little girl highlights the record increase of family units illegally crossing border (& whether Border Patrol has appropriate resources to handle).
  • Debate this week will focus on funding for a border wall or fence as immigration reform remains illusive to both parties.
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Congress has to agree on a funding bill by Friday to avoid a partial gov't shutdown. Pres. Trump wants $5B for a border wall; Democrats want to extend current border security funding at $1.3 or a new funding level as high as $1.6B.

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