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More people are dying trying to cross the US-Mexico border than ever before. While Biden isn't building Trump's wall, his plans for the border could be just as harmful.

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28.08.2021

On July 30, the Biden Administration began sending migrant families back to their home countries via "fast-track" deportation flights. According to the Washington Post, there has been a "sharp increase" of border crossings in the Rio Grande valley in Texas. The apprehension and deportation of families — save for those who test positive for the coronavirus — has been steadily increasing throughout the year, from 7,300 in January to 55,800 in June.

According to The Post, the spread of the Delta variant "has intensified pressure on the administration to ramp up enforcement." Adding that "on July 16 ... [ICE] was holding more than 700 children with their parents, including 451 children ages 5 and under." In other words, border enforcement has become a policy solution to fight the pandemic (never mind the role Immigrations and Customs Enforcement actively played in spreading the virus).

Indeed, as the pandemic, as well as economic and climate instability, force people to move, more migrants are dying in the desert. According to NPR, migrant deaths at the Arizona-Mexico border are on track to be higher than any year when data has been recorded, and CBP data suggests that "encounters" and "apprehensions" of migrants are higher than they've been in 15 years.

These deaths and dangerous border crossings are a result of the 1994 "prevention through deterrence" policy. In order to restrict migration, the Clinton Administration bulked up enforcement efforts at major points of entry so that migrants would be forced to cross through areas so remote that they would stop trying. As the New York Times explained, according to government documents, the policy was predicated on forcing people into "mortal danger" and one report suggested that the "death of aliens" was a measurement of policy's........

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