by Damjan Tutarkov
The immigration crisis at the Mexico border continues to unfold as immigrants, hopeful the new Biden administration will grant them access, are sent back in droves every day.
The situation has reached a point where some officials warn the number of people trying to cross the border could exceed that of the previous three years combined.
In February alone, border agents arrested 100,000 migrants trying to illegally enter the U.S., the highest number of arrests for that month since 2006. It is also a sharp increase compared to January when border officers arrested 78,000 migrants, with officials and shelters scrambling to house the growing number of children amid a public health crisis.
Mexican shelters have also been facing capacity issues. A few months ago, the Filter Hotel shelter in Ciudad Juárez, right across El Paso, was empty enough that several rooms were used as storage. Today, the shelter has signs reading “no space.”