Children Crossing the Border, What Do We Do?

Erick Gutierrez

MAY. 3, 2021

Immigrants make up a lot of the population here in the U.S. Many immigrants come here by crossing the border and arrive undocumented. But records have been broken recently as more and more unaccompanied minors attempt to cross the border.

Immigrants make up a lot of the population here in the U.S. Many immigrants come here by crossing the border and arrive undocumented. But records have been broken recently as more and more unaccompanied minors attempt to cross the border. Why does this happen? Why are kids simply sent on their way all by themselves? More importantly, what is the government going to do with them when they end up in their hands?
When people decide to immigrate, it is usually because they want a better life for themselves and more importantly, their children. Unfortunately during former president Donald Trump’s presidency, a new rule, Title 42, allowed for all immigrants who want to come through the border to be turned away, even if they want to claim asylum - someone who seeks asylum usually means they were forcibly displaced, usually by war or natural disasters, and want to move to the safety of another country. This rule was justified due to Covid-19 and preventing possibly infecting people into the United States.
By sending children unaccompanied across the border, it creates an ethical dilemma for the border officials. People traveling in as single adults or as families can simply be turned away with Title 42. As with unaccompanied minors, it should be more difficult. So President Joe Biden edited Title 42, making unaccompanied minors an exception.
In March, more than 18,500 unaccompanied minor immigrants crossed the border according to preliminary Customs and Border Protection data obtained by NBC News. That's 60% more than the last record from May 2019, with 11,494 immigrant minors.
Thousands of these children are being detained and held in camps.
It's important to know what these camps are like, as they are a real eye opener. These camps are similar to warehouses and are often compared to jail. The camps are overcrowded, and the kids sleep in what are basically tin foil sleeping bags. It is also said they do not have sufficient access to soap and food.
It was under the Trump presidency where these camp conditions really came out, and he received flak for it. However, with record numbers of immigrants coming over, options are scarce. Apparently, many of these minor immigrants, mostly teenage boys, came because they believed it would be easier to cross the border, now that Biden is president; This is why Biden edited title 42.