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Addressing a Complex Crisis


The border crisis between the United States and Mexico is one of today’s most intricate issues.

The tremendous interference of the cartel overrunning Mexico has put destruction on thousands of Mexican civilians.  The circumstances have led Mexican citizens to cross the border for a more sustained life and to try to go to a place that overall has lower crime rates and better opportunities for the everyday person. With the border being so open, other factors come in separate from Mexico’s citizens; those factors are drug trafficking, sex trafficking, and overall threats to communities. So this is when it comes into question for the United States government how do we stop this but how can we also live up to our morals and have people be part of our country?

These standout issues put the American Government in a situation where they must answer an extremely complicated call to help. In recent years, drug-related violence has surged in Mexico, with cartels vying for control over trafficking routes. This violence has claimed thousands of lives annually; the Associated Press says, “Border Patrol arrests totaled 124,220 in January, down 50% from 249,735 in December, the highest monthly tally on record.” Contributing to a sense of insecurity and instability in affected regions.

Moreover, the flow of illegal drugs into the United States remains a significant challenge, with the border serving as a primary line for drug trafficking operations. Statistics reveal the scale of this problem, with millions of dollars worth of illicit drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine, seized by law enforcement agencies along the border each year. The consequences of drug trafficking extend beyond the immediate threat of violence. Substance abuse and addiction rates have soared in both countries, fueling a public health crisis that strains healthcare systems and devastates families and communities. Furthermore, the intertwining of drug trafficking with other illicit activities, such as human trafficking and organized crime, compounds the challenges faced by authorities on both sides of the border. 

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Sanctuary cities have emerged as a controversial aspect of the United States’ response to the border crisis and immigration issues. These cities, which adopt policies limiting cooperation with federal immigration enforcement, have sparked debate over legality and public safety. People argue that these policies uphold fundamental human rights and protect vulnerable populations, including undocumented immigrants who may face persecution or violence if forced to return to their home countries. Some central issues have been the Sanctuary cities taking in these migrants and putting them into Hotels; these actions have led to severe consequences due to the Hotels not being able to make money in any sort of way. The United States and Mexico border crisis presents a complex web of challenges that demand urgent attention and thoughtful solutions.

The pervasive influence of cartels in Mexico, coupled with escalating drug-related violence, underscores the need for coordinated efforts to address the root causes of migration and insecurity in the region. By addressing the underlying socio-economic factors driving migration, enhancing law enforcement cooperation, and fostering dialogue between federal and local authorities, meaningful progress can be made toward resolving this complex and urgent crisis.

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Gio Pisano
Gio Pisano, Reporter
Rising senior Gio Pisano is looking forward to this new opportunity and hopes to write good work and capture moments around Bishop Blanchet, like sports games, assemblies, and around the halls. With his past work at Bishop Blanchet in photography, he hopes to accomplish excellence with the skills he has learned from Mr. Bergin. In Gio’s free time, he likes to take landscaping photos, hang out with friends and family, and play sports. He is a soccer player for Bishop Blanchet varsity and has played all four years in high school. He also loves golf, and plays weekly with all his friends and hopes to get better at the new sport he has started to love. This year, Gio is striving to capture exciting moments and make sure the team makes the best newspaper and yearbook out there.

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