On a recent trip to an Arizona roadkill hotspot, I got to sit down with one of my best friends, a former truck driver who has driven for a decade.
It’s been four years since we first met, and we have yet to have any real contact with each other.
“We have no real communication,” he says, as we wait in line at a roadside assistance center.
“No phone calls.”
It’s a sentiment shared by thousands of other people who have made the journey on the U.S.-Mexico border.
But as the number of Americans crossing the border surges, the number crossing in search of asylum has more than doubled in just a year.
A new report from the Migration Policy Institute and the American Immigration Council estimates that since January of this year, more than 2.5 million people have crossed into the U, a jump of more than 30 percent from the same period last year.
That number represents a staggering increase in numbers that is occurring at a time when President Donald Trump’s administration has struggled to find an answer to the influx.
In its latest fiscal year report, the administration announced that it had issued a record 454,931 immigration visas in March, up nearly 5 percent over the same month last year, and it has also announced a number of major immigration policy changes.
While the U-turn in border enforcement is good news for many, it has put the lives of some Americans in danger.
Last week, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the U!
News website that the “world is watching” the U.-turns and that “it is urgent that we take urgent steps to help those who have risked their lives in the borderlands and have made their way to safety.”
“The international community must also step up to the plate, in the hope that the safety of these vulnerable people is not at risk,” he added.
While these efforts are laudable, the reality is that these people are living in a precarious and unsafe environment that is being exacerbated by Trump’s policies.
According to the National Border Patrol Council, apprehensions have increased by nearly 50 percent since Trump took office, with apprehensions at the southern border increasing from 6,853 in January of last year to more than 14,000 in the last two months of 2017.
As of March, the Trump administration had approved just under 5,000 new visas for people to enter the U., with nearly a quarter of the total amount of visas issued.
“It’s not that the numbers are dropping, it’s just that the number is going up,” says Jennifer Williams, executive director of the Border Patrol Officers Association.
“The number of people that we’re seeing that we’ve had to deal with is a lot larger than people that were already apprehended,” she says.
“So the number that we had to process has grown dramatically.”
The Border Patrol also points to a number that has increased dramatically, even though the number apprehensions for that category has decreased.
“Since the beginning of 2017, the Border Protection apprehensions are up an astounding 3,936 percent,” says Williams.
“This includes apprehensions in the southwest region of the country, where we are experiencing the highest number of apprehensions of any region.”
In addition to the increase in border apprehensions, the U is facing more and more cases of human smuggling, or the smuggling of people across the border in other people’s cars or trucks.
Human smuggling is the process by which smugglers try to cross the border illegally by convincing people to transport them across, which they do using what’s known as “bogota.”
The smuggling process involves getting people to believe that they are on a mission to save someone from a terrible death, and the smugglers then move them across the desert or into the United States.
There are currently more than 50,000 people apprehended along the U–Mexico border, according to the UCSD’s Human Migration and Border Security project.
The number of confirmed human smuggling cases is now over 3,000, which represents an increase of more in more than a year, according the UBS report.
The human smuggling industry has long been known as a lucrative one, but it has exploded in recent years, with human smuggling groups using increasingly sophisticated techniques and methods to lure people across from Central America and beyond.
The smuggling industry is also becoming a significant driver of drug trafficking, with trafficking reaching a peak in 2015.
In 2016, the FBI estimated that drug traffickers used about $40 billion in profits from drug trafficking to buy and smuggle drugs across the U.–Mexico border to the United Nations, the World Bank, and other international organizations.
“I think we’ve just kind of seen a resurgence of it in recent months,” says William Dominguez, executive vice president of the United Border Patrol Federation.
“You have these groups that are increasingly willing to go across and sell drugs, and you also have these gangs that are also becoming more powerful.”
Dominguesa says the trend has coincided with an increase in