The number of migrant interventions at the U.S.-Mexico border has reached a record high, creating a crisis of unprecedented proportions. In recent months, the number of people attempting to cross the border has skyrocketed, creating an influx of migrants trying to enter the United States.
A group of some 2,000 migrants gathered Sunday at the Santa Fe International Bridge between Mexico and the United States to pressure U.S. authorities to allow them to cross the border in search of the “American dream.”
The Santa Fe International Bridge, also known as Paso del Norte, is the main dividing line between the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez and El Paso, Texas, in the United States.
The U.S.-Mexico border is increasingly militarized, and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents were quick to arrive to stop migrants from crossing into U.S. territory.
The influx of migrants is creating a humanitarian crisis as people flee their home countries in search of a better life. Many of the migrants come from Central American countries, where crime and poverty are widespread. In addition, the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has increased dramatically in recent months.