Southern Border Tent Cities

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Southern Border Tent Cities

Gunnar Strom, Contributor

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Illegal immigration is a huge deal right now in the United States, with thousands of illegitimate Americans crossing over each month. This itself is a huge problem for Americans and the economy, but there are more problems than just that. One of the major problems that officials are trying to overcome is where to house and keep these illegal immigrants once they’re caught and awaiting trial. So far, the best plan devised has been a tactic called “tent cities,” which is rows upon rows of temporary housing large enough to keep an entire family for quite a bit of time. Of course, as officials still cannot figure out what to do with our southern border (President Trump and the Republican Party advocating for a border wall, the Democratic Party advocating for open borders) these cities are filling up fast as border security gets tighter and more arrests of illegal immigrants are made.

To try and accommodate for all of these arrests, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has authorized the building and development of 6 new tent cities on the southern U.S. border. These cities will have a capacity of about 7,500 people each and are currently being prepared for by the United States military. The government has stated clearly that, while the military is building these sites and there will be active military units on premises, these tent cities are NOT a military installation, merely a temporary solution to the ever-growing problem of illegal immigration.

However, while these cities seem like a good idea, a decent solution, and fair mid-ground for both parties, the plan is still in the works and will have a hard time making it through Capitol Hill. The reason behind this is that, while President Trump is trying to fix the problem, it may be that he is not doing enough. At least, that’s what Democrats are saying. “The plan, which Trump is expected to announce during an afternoon speech, avoids some of the most hot-button immigration issues of the day — including a growing backlog of asylum-seekers and the status of so-called ‘Dreamers’ — and is almost certainly doomed on Capitol Hill.” So while this may seem like a good idea, the reality is that right now, it probably won’t happen to the scale of the proposal.

 

https://www.wrcbtv.com/story/40485535/us-military-to-build-6-tent-cities-near-border-for-migrants

https://americanmilitarynews.com/2019/05/us-military-will-build-6-illegal-immigrant-tent-cities-at-border/

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/u-s-military-build-6-tent-cities-border-migrants-n1006161

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