Migrants Keep Crossing Southern U.S. Border, Undeterred by Risks

Families with few options stay hopeful despite threat of separation.

News Story (New Mexico, Texas)

Alicia Caldwell, Juan Montes
Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
June 19, 2018

Tags: Asylum, Immigration Process


For weeks the Trump administration has been sending a message to those considering crossing the border illegally: Don’t do it. The administration warned that nearly every adult will face prosecution for a federal misdemeanor and anyone bringing their children will likely be separated, with the youngsters sent to one of 100 child migrant shelters in 17 states.

“I don’t know that it’s resonating with the migrant population,” said Allegra Love, an immigration lawyer who works with the nonprofit Santa Fe Dreamers Project in Santa Fe, N.M., referring to the Trump policy.