A lot can happen in three days on the San Diego-Tijuana border and to see just how much can happened in that amount of time, the Union-Tribune observed the operations at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. The Union-Tribune started their report on the border on a Friday and ended it on Sunday, which are the busiest days of the week. There were a couple of illegal border crossings, but there have been much less in the past couple of months and this includes a sharp decrease in the number of people coming to the ports of entry seeking asylum. What hasn’t seemed to slow down is the number of attempts at trying to smuggle in drugs into the United States. Cocaine and methamphetamine were the drugs that were most likely to be brought over into the United States, followed by marijuana.
The Union-Tribune claims that 91 percent of the cases that the United States Attorney’s Office in San Diego County and Imperial County have are connected to the U.S.-Mexico border. Eric Olson, deputy director of the Latin America program at the Wilson Center, stated:
The wall, if it’s built — although there is the question of if that is realistic and going to happen — will impact migration. Will it stop migration? Illegal migration? Probably not. It may reduce it somewhat, but actually stopping it is like trying to stop prostitution. There’s always going to be demand for labor and motivations, and people will find ways to go around it, over it or under it.
The U.S.-Mexico border is certainly a hot spot for activity and this story by the Union-Tribune definitely deserves to be read.
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