Tuesday, February 5, 2019

A History of America's Inhumane Border Enforcement: New at Reason

By Reason Staff - February 05, 2019 at 10:15AM

President Donald Trump will without a doubt demand more funding for more border enforcement during his State of the Union tonight. He has Flaglately started saying that this is necessary not just to deal with the security crisis at the border—but also a humanitarian crisis.

Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia, however, notes that to the extent that there is such a crisis, it is one of Trump's making. Hardly a day goes by when some shocking story doesn't break about this administration's treatment of immigrants—or suspected immigrants.

However, the fact of the matter is that Trump's harsh enforcement is not unique. Such tactics have been part and parcel of U.S. border policy since 1924 when the country first passed laws that banned the free flow of movement across the southern border and criminalized entry from anywhere except for official ports. However, the shocking lengths to which this administration has gone might finally pave the way for reform.

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