Top 10 Ideas to Help Solve the US Border Crisis

The poor management of immigrants at the border has been a problem for a while now, but I’d like to propose a few changes that could at least reduce the problems we’ve faced for decades.
The Top Ten
1 Stop portraying border migrants as sub-human

There is a lot of political usage of this headline recently, and if you look at the data, there is usually a wave of migrants each decade or two. There was a closure last year, and it explains why there is a slightly larger amount of migrants this year, and it's been rising ever since in a pattern. Even when Trump took office, the number of migrants arriving is exponential, and it did happen in some other presidents before without any policy triggering it. This is both seasonal and predictable of a pattern over the years.

Constantly complaining that these migrants are "stealing our jobs" and "bringing in lots of drugs" is an outdated and false stigma that’s existed since the Gilded Age. It is the only reason people don’t want immigrants coming here, a deeply misguided and racist reason no doubt. These people want a new chance at life. Give it to them, you bigot.

Exactly, they are human being too and deserve to be treated as such with human rights. It's ridiculous

These are human beings too stop trying to degrade them

2 Work to improve the countries the immigrants come from

Minimize the visa requirements. Such as allowing visa free entry on the initial tourist visas, which would allow getting a work or student visa more simply or less difficult to apply for in the host country.

I agree, but it would be crazy difficult to do. It's like when we tried to help the Middle East, it all went to waste pretty much. They have to want to fix themselves.

Yes, we should carefully control how things are done in those countries, and make them do everything the same way as the US does.

Evidently, most border immigrants are coming straight from Mexico, and they wouldn’t be trying to come to America if Mexico (and Central America) wasn’t a bad place for them to live. If you really didn’t want Mexicans living here, maybe help their home countries out so they don’t have a reason to leave.

3 Don’t approach the crisis with a deterrence mindset

The problem isn't that we don't like immigrants. It's just there are so many of them. And not just from Central and South America. They are coming from everywhere.

"Deterring" migrants from coming here is disgusting. Maybe understand why they’re coming here first, and work to properly integrate them into American communities second. Don’t deliberately make their lives miserable because you don’t like immigrants coming here.

This country was built on immigration we were never meant to turn people away the whole reason people come here is because we are willing to take them in

4 End the detention centers

These centers have been around for far too long and are a completely ineffective and inhumane method of handling migrants. These centers only help to ensure migrants suffer for as long as they are in America. We need in their place much better arrival stations that can efficiently get migrants through the process of becoming legal.

Yeah come on these are people not animals in a zoo

5 Reverse the expulsion rules

Expulsion rules are what have led to migrants being held indefinitely in refugee camps and detention centers, situations that we all know suck. So maybe we should reverse, or at the very least change these expulsion rules so border migrants don’t have to be treated like garbage.

I mean until we find a better way. It's just so many people and we simply can't handle it down there.

6 Reverse deportation policies

These policies are just means of kicking migrants out as quickly as possible without a second thought. They are ineffective and cruel, and they have the potential for seriously bad things happening to the people fleeing their countries.

I mean they need to at least bring them in for interrogation not just you don’t stand a chance to make it here

7 Abolish "Operation Gatekeeper"

This is not quite the same thing as ICE. Operation Gatekeeper was implemented under Clinton and lives on to this day, a measure that seeks to make it virtually impossible for any migrants to cross the border by creating an imminent death trap for anyone coming this way. Just let them pass!

Just need some way to make sure we’re not letting in terrorists or other criminals like that

8 Finish building the wall

I thought it was finished

This would ust be a big waste of money. thhe immigrants can just go in by sea.

9 Stop passing immigration laws rooted in xenophobia

The main reason why any of this mistreatment of border migrants continues to happen is because these actions are all rooted in these deep ideas of xenophobia championed by politicians in the Gilded Age. Things like Operation Gatekeeper prove we haven’t learned from their failures, and we need more people in politics who can realize this and create immigration laws that’ll help these migrants rather than hurt them.
Long story short, let’s make these illegal immigrants legal.

10 Make the borders more open overall

Hear me out. Our closed border system not only makes it more difficult to come into this country, but also to leave this country. If we made the borders more open, even though we’ll get a large amount of immigrants, we’ll also get a considerable amount of emigrants heading back to their home countries to make room for these new immigrants. As North Korea proves, making it harder to enter and exit the country is a bad thing. Let’s not stoop to their level.

No I think we need to have some sort of system for immigration legally and maybe we should reform that instead of trying to close the border make it easier for people to come in legally and less people will come illegally

The Contenders
11 Take down the border wall

An idea rooted in racism to begin with, the border wall is an expensive and wasteful solution to the influx of border migrants. It does nothing but ensure that these migrants will never see a bright future and have to continues living in the hellholes they were trying to escape from the beginning. Break down the wall.

For one the wall wasn't finished. There's barely any wall to take down. I don't really like the wall concept, but we do need tight border security.

The border wall is a waste of money and is rooted in racism. It needs to be taken down.

It’s useless, a waste of time and money.

12 End hawkish foreign policies that ruin the home countries of immigrants
13 Make legal immigration easier
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