Scott Mc Kiernan Presents zReportage.com Story of the Week #779: TUESDAY March 23, 2021: EXODUS by Jerry Lara of the San Antonio Express-News who recently won the NPPA’s coveted Morris Berman Citation, and Jason Buch who covers immigration and border affairs.
zReportage.com Story of the Week #779: TUESDAY March 23, 2021: EXODUS by Jerry Lara of the San Antonio Express-News who recently won the NPPA’s coveted Morris Berman Citation, and Jason Buch who covers immigration and border affairs: Migrant families and unaccompanied children are overwhelming U.S. Customs and Border Protection holding areas and federal youth shelters even as the facilities are being expanded. The surge is happening as families flee gang violence, unstable governments, poverty and hurricane damage at a time many believe the Biden administration will be more welcoming than the former Trump White House. Border Patrol apprehended nearly 100,000 refugees at the U.S.-Mexico border in February, the 10th consecutive month of increased apprehensions and a return to levels last seen in mid-2019, according to the Pew Research Center. The border is not open – most single adults and families who cross illegally are expelled to Mexico. Migrants shut out by former President Donald Trump’s ”zero tolerance” immigration policy are making perilous journeys out of hope, desperately fleeing conditions in Central America unimaginable to most Americans. The number of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border this year is on pace to be the highest in 20 years, and the influx is straining U.S. immigration resources and intensifying pressure on the Biden administration to stem an emerging crisis. Welcome to: EXODUS.
Scott Mc Kiernan, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, ZUMA Press