The outpouring of migrants arriving at the country’s southern borders, has forced the Biden administration to seek assistance from Mexico and Guatemala. U.S. officials have been sent to said countries to ask their respective governments to seek new methods in stopping migrants from trekking to the U.S. border.
Biden administration officials have announced certain strategies last Monday, including sending out warnings for people not to come. The U.S. government is seeking to devise alternative methods that would enable migrants to apply for legal entry without the need to be physically present.
The gesture comes in the wake of increasing pressure on Pres. Biden; mostly coming from border lawmakers demanding aggressive actions in preventing the increase of illegal crossings ever since he assumed office. On the other hand, the president has also been receiving pleas from human rights advocates to ensure the humane treatment of migrants arriving at the borders.
Challenges Faced by Biden Administration in Solving Border Crisis
The most difficult challenge the administration is facing are the thousands of children brought into custody, because of US laws that do not allow to turn away unaccompanied minors. As it is, children are placed in crowded facilities, with only clear partitions serving as dividers. Last week, Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas sent out photographs showing children lying on adequate beddings but using foil blankets.
The current situation at the border has become a great political and logistical crisis. The Biden team has stayed on the defensive side by easing out the harsh policies implemented by former president Trump. However, they are having problems in controlling the surge, while border detentions and arrests for illegal entries have greatly increased.