WASHINGTON, D.C. — With an unprecedented number of families trying to reach the U.S.-Mexico border to seek asylum in the U.S., the Forum has released policy recommendations on how to address the increase.
The paper proposes short-term solutions to manage and process Central American migrants arriving at the border, and long-term solutions to address the root causes driving migration.
“The Trump administration’s focus on enforcement and misguided attempts at deterrence have contributed to rather than addressed the humanitarian crisis at our southern border,” said Jacinta Ma, Director of Policy and Advocacy at the National Immigration Forum. “The administration needs to act with urgency to redeploy resources strategically to improve the processing of migrants, and commit to long-term solutions that will address the reasons families are migrating in large numbers. We can keep our nation safe while treating asylum seekers with compassion.”
Below are additional border resources. For more information contact Cathleen Farrell.
- Statement from the Texas Border Coalition (TBC): Closing U.S.-Mexico Border Would Be Catastrophic For Border Communities, Nation
- Fact Sheet: Border Security Along the Southwest Border (“America’s Southwest border has never been more secure.”)
- “Only in America” Podcast Episode: Demystifying Our Southern Border
- Press Call: Texas Border Leaders Share Their Perspectives
- Op-Ed: Forget about a border wall – Trump and Congress should agree on these immigration policies that work
Other related National Immigration Forum resources include fact sheets on the following topics:
- Family Separation at the U.S.-Mexico Border
- U.S. Asylum Process
- Immigration Detention
- Electronic Monitoring Devices as Alternatives to Detention
- Immigration Courts