Kyli F. Soug

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refugees, immigration, US-Mexico




The history of immigration in the US goes back to its founding. However, in recent years, immigration trends at the US-Mexico border have gained media and political attention as more migrants flee to the border and face challenges as they seek refuge in the US. The inadequate immigration system has been exacerbated as legislation like the Migrant Protection Protocols and metering complicates the legal system and forces asylum seekers into border towns. Border patrol's misuse of resources and insufficient immigration data also contributes to the inadequate immigration system. Families and individuals seeking legal asylum at the border are being detained and separated from their families at higher rates, making migrants more vulnerable to violence, health issues, fear of death, and uncertainty for the future. The consequences of these trends lead to higher death rates and physical or sexual violence for asylum seekers. Advocacy coalitions that aim to change legislation and create legal pathways for immigrants are possible solutions to the inadequate immigration system at the Southern Border.