( CNN) I converged Katherin and Karen, two eight-year-olds from Guatemala, at a move awning in Reynosa, Mexico, last August. They sat side by side on the playground, having traveled great distances with extended family in the hopes of being reunited with their parents, who had been living and working in the United States. If President Donald Trump, who inspected McAllen, Texas, on Thursday, was set to cross the border and inspect Reynosa, he would find the migrant place is quite different from the crisis he has described.
In Texas, Trump told those gleaned
, “They say a wall is medieval. Well, so is a motor. There are some things that work, you know what? A rotate cultivates, and a wall works.” The first point that needs to be made, as someone who has been writing about migration and traveling with migrants throughout The countries of central america, is that there is no crisis. And the second largest is that a wall will do little to increase territory security.
The reality is that illegal border crossings ought to have declining for years
. Though at their heyday in the early-2 000 s, they have steadily sagged ever since. The migrants who are arriving at the border are often children like Katherin and Karen, whose parents, when dealing with not being able to provide for their children, moved to the United States. Or, “theyre about” moves, like those who I met while traveling with the migrant van in Mexico
, who are often fleeing gang violence and want to exercise their legal right
to request asylum.