When thousands of people illegally cross the US’ southern border into Texas to seek asylum, the authorities there face an unprecedented situation. As of May 1, 2018, there were 6,500 people seeking asylum in Texas , according to US Customs and Border Protection (USCBP). 6,500 is a significant figure, but for the people seeking asylum, it is just a drop in the bucket. In fact, there were more than 100,000 people seeking asylum in Texas alone at the beginning of May. The problem has been exacerbated by the fact that the US government is not giving asylum to all of the people who apply for it. In fact, the US government is only giving asylum to a handful
Thousands of Romanians have been crossing into Texas since the beginning of the year, seeking asylum. The exact number of Romanians crossing over the border is unknown, as they are not on a regular pathway for a legal entry. The majority are women and children, and are generally seeking asylum in the United States from their country of origin.
So far, migrants from Mexico have gathered at the border to seek asylum in the United States. Every day, immigrants from Central America crossed the river with various means of transportation. Most came from Mexico, and their destination was Texas. However, a new group has been added to this list of claimants. They are Romanians and their arrival exacerbates the administration’s problems. Shortly after taking office, President Joe Biden hit the pause button to stop work on the border wall with Mexico. VOA News reports that when questioned, the migrants said they were from Romania. They belong to the Roma ethnic minority and have sought asylum in the United States. Their numbers are increasing, adding to the problems of the border guards. The number of arrests has increased. They seem to want to escape the racism of their country and therefore seek asylum in America. Recently, many of them have crossed the border into Texas. These include extended family groups.
How Romanians get to the border
Romanian nationals seeking asylum in the United States generally travel as tourists from Paris to Mexico City. A visa is not an obstacle for them, as they do not need such a document to enter Mexico. The smugglers then capture them and transport them to the US border. This is despite the Biden administration’s message that the border is closed to migrants. Former President Donald Trump wanted to build a wall on the border with Mexico to prevent illegal immigrants from harming America. However, this project has been delayed. The admission of non-Americans poses logistical problems for the administration as they need to be housed, have access to medical services, education, employment, etc. VOA News cites statistics. This year, border guards apprehended about 2,200 of them. It has increased over the years, as official US figures show. Customs and border protection.
Mexican border and people from Romania
A Harvard University researcher explains that many people left Romania to escape the oppression of poor economic conditions. To make matters worse, the current COVID 19 pandemic has exacerbated the situation in Europe. The speaker is Margareta Matache. It’s affiliated with Harvard University. VOA News quotes her as saying that immigrants are encouraged by existing U.S. policies and policy proposals. They have hope for a better life in a new environment. She adds that they are looking for a life where they will not face violence, discrimination and disrespect. Roma live in many countries and a survey has shown that most of them live below the national poverty line.
Robbery by non-Americans at the border of Mexico
According to Axios, the US-Mexico border has seen an increase in arrivals from countries other than Mexico and the northern triangle of Central America. However, the future of the border wall with Mexico is unpredictable. The asylum seekers are mainly Romanians. These people are faced with circumstances in their country of origin that force them to seek alternatives. According to the Department of Homeland Security, the Border Patrol has had to deal with more than 33,000 people trying to enter the United States from countries other than Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Most are adults or families, and few are unaccompanied children. It is clear that the United States has become the destination of choice for some non-Americans. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED