A freight train packed with migrants has been spotted in Mexico, heading towards the US border, a sight often associated with migrants' attempts to reach the United States in search of better life opportunities or to escape challenging situations in their home countries. This phenomenon of illegal immigration through the Mexican-American border is a complex issue involving security, human rights, and immigration policy challenges for both involved countries.
The Relentless Wave
The flood of illegal immigrants on the southern border under the current administration has been as consistent as the political failures in Washington, D.C. A video circulating online shows a train brimming with illegal immigrants en route to the US/Mexican border. Among those flooding into the United States are reported sex offenders and suspected terrorists, according to Border Patrol reports.
The train route originates from central Mexico, passing through Torreon and Monterey, before reaching Piedras Negras, a border city across from Eagle Pass, Texas. This city has been a hotspot for illegal border crossings for some time.
The most recent estimates from the Pew Research Center indicate that approximately 10.5 million undocumented immigrants live in the United States. This means that the vast majority of foreign-born individuals living in the U.S. (77%) are here legally.
Response and Repercussions
In response to the surge in migrants, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it would temporarily suspend and reduce vehicle processing at ports of entry in Texas and Arizona. Several CBP sectors have seen a rise in migrant encounters in recent weeks. Meanwhile, New York City's migrant programs are collapsing due to growing racial tensions between asylum seekers from Latin America and Africa. This situation underscores the warning of the city's mayor that the migrant crisis would become more visually present for New Yorkers.