New wave of migrants puts US and other countries to the test
By Rory Carroll
The arrival and establishment of the “new” world order is a topic that generates much debate, whether in the United States or elsewhere. But the fact remains that, for some, the arrival of what they describe as a new wave of immigrants is seen as positive. So when it comes to the issue of migration, there’s one thing that the US and other countries are agreed on — the need to secure the border.
While the United States has generally welcomed more migrants, there have been some who, for various reasons, have questioned whether such a large influx is necessary. Some argue that immigrants should look elsewhere, citing a shortage of talent, not to mention the high price at which governments pay to recruit new citizens.
But regardless of who is right, and when it comes to the question of what kind of immigration, some countries in the world have already decided they simply can’t cope with more than the current wave.
And when it comes to securing the border, no one, not even the US, has the capacity to do so on its own — and not just because the US’ current approach to immigration and border security is somewhat out of date.
There a few reasons why countries are struggling to cope with the influx of people coming across their borders: political, economic and social factors.
But the political factor is of greatest importance: the nature of the country’s immigration laws and the political makeup of their governments. This is a fact that has played out for decades in the United States with the debate over immigration reform, the US’ approach to foreign policy, and who is allowed in and who is blocked from entering the country.
The US’ current approach to immigration
Under the current administration, the United States has been moving to tighten its immigration policy. For nearly the last 10 years, the policy has been focused on restricting people from coming to the United States. But what does this mean, and how does it affect the United States?
For example, many people who entered the country illegally during the 1990s now face deportation. In the 1990s, for example, there was a backlog of over 50,000 cases that were waiting to be processed by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. However, that number dropped significantly over the years as they were able to hire more investigators and get the cases expedited.
But the same cannot be said for people who