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Trump Administration Plans To Build More Tent Cities To Hold Migrants Indefinitely

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The Trump administration is receiving criticism for their immigration policies again. This time, the administration is facing backlash for a proposal to build two new tent cities to house undocumented immigrants. The Trump administration has made it easier for undocumented migrants to be detained for longer times as they await their days in court.

The Trump administration will construct a pair of new tent cities to house incoming undocumented migrants from Central America.

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Just a couple of weeks into his new job post, Kevin K. McAleenan, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security who took over Kirstjen Nielsen’s role, for now, told reporters about the new tents located in El Paso and the town of Donna, Texas.

“It’s clear that all of our resources are being stretched thin,” McAleenan said in a press conference, according to The New York Times. “The system is full, and we are beyond capacity.” He also added that last week, within 24 hours, agents apprehended 4,800 people at the border.

Although McAleenan is saying that last month more than 103,000 migrants entered the U.S, “the most in any single month in more than a decade,” it’s still a relatively low number compared to 1990s and early 2000s, The New York Times reports.

The government is expecting more detained migrants after Attorney General William P. Barr instructed immigration judges to deny bail for some undocumented people.

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It’s not clear how a judge will decide who to give bail to and who will be denied. Officials are expecting more detained people after this new policy under Barr goes into effect in 90 days. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said they are taking Barr to court.

“Our Constitution does not allow the government to lock up asylum seekers without basic due process,” the ACLU tweeted last week. “We’ll see the administration in court. Again.”

According to a Democratic congresswoman, the new facilities are terrible.

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According to the Daily Beast, the tents were formerly used by the U.S. Army. The tents are meant for battlefield hospitals, not as living quarters for families.

“One woman had a baby, a five-month-old baby and said she’d been there for five days. The baby had filthy clothes,” California Rep. Nanette Barragán told the Daily Beast. “The situation is unhealthy. People are in a confined space, they’re not getting showers, their clothes are dirty, babies are not getting Pampers as they should be. These ladies were crying and telling us their stories and it was just heartbreaking.”

She added, “I was really taken aback by the smell. I was in there for five minutes and I just became nauseous, I hate to say it. It’s just too many people for that size area and people hadn’t had a shower for many days. Border Patrol told us it was their goal to get people a shower every three days, but the mother I spoke to there hadn’t had one and she’d been there for five.”

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New Reports Show Why Tijuana Has Been Ranked As The Most Dangerous City In The World

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New Reports Show Why Tijuana Has Been Ranked As The Most Dangerous City In The World

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Despite efforts to curb increasing violence in Mexico, the ever-growing murder rate in Mexico seems to only be on the uptick. The latest report from the National System for Public Security shows in the first quarter of 2019 there were 8,493 murders in Mexico recorded from January to March. The numbers are the most ever on record for the period. The most violent state is Guanajuato which located in the central part of the country. The violence there is mainly attributed to clashes between rivaling cartel gangs.
The rise in murders is a 9.6 percent increase from the same period just last year.

Just last year there were 33,500 murders in Mexico which was considered the most in the country’s history since records began in 1997.

The rising numbers contradict statements made by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has in various occasions said that the murder rate hasn’t risen since he took office in December.

López Obrador plans to reduce the violence through social programs and a new militarized police team known as the National Guard. It still is left to be determined if the new police force will make a difference when it comes to violence and the protection of citizens.

“What concerns us the most is guaranteeing public safety,” López Obrador said at a Navy event Sunday. “That is why a reform of the constitution was proposed so that the army and the navy can help us.”

The increasing violence has led to places like the city of Tijuana being deemed the “most violent city in the world.”


Just last month, Tijuana was deemed by Mexico’s Citizens’ Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice to be the most violent city in the world. The city had 2,519 murders in 2018, a 40 percent increase from 2017, according to KQED Public Media.

The same report shows that five cities in Mexico are among the most dangerous in the world. This includes Acapulco, Victoria, Juarez, Irapuato and Tijuana. The cities are home to where homicides have risen to historic levels in recent years amid a military-led war against criminal groups.

So why is this violence happening and what is being done to stop it?

Experts have pointed out that the increased violence is due to inter-cartel fighting and bloodshed. It’s also a sign of the power struggle for control between the Sinaloa and the Jalisco New Generation cartel groups as the main driver for the homicides. Both groups have attempted to cement themselves as the main smugglers of drugs and narcotics into the United States.

Even as López Obrador plans to increase authority force in Mexico through the new National Guard, it won’t be easy. López Obrador inherited a decade-long drug war that has seen thousands of citizens die along the way.

The plan to diminish the influence of drug cartels that have long gripped the country has been difficult. Previous presidents have had limited success with stopping violence and it’s still to be determined if the latest leadership will fare any differently.

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