Immigrants are Being Detained Under the El Paso Bridge

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Immigrants are Being Detained Under the El Paso Bridge

People walk across the El Paso bridge, one of many places in which immigrants cross the US-Mexico border.

People walk across the El Paso bridge, one of many places in which immigrants cross the US-Mexico border.

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People walk across the El Paso bridge, one of many places in which immigrants cross the US-Mexico border.

Courtesy of CNN

Courtesy of CNN

People walk across the El Paso bridge, one of many places in which immigrants cross the US-Mexico border.

Emmylou Wilkes, Staff Reporter

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Immigration has been a topic of discussion for decades upon decades, but the latest presidential election has done nothing but stoke the already raging fire. Every U.S. president has held beliefs on the issue, but current president Donald Trump has been more vocal than many of those who came before him. Even in the words of Trump himself, “If it weren’t for me, you wouldn’t even be talking about illegal immigration.” Trump has made it well-known to the world that he is against illegal immigration, and that he will go to innumerable ends to put an end to it in the United States.

In more recent news, many Mexican migrants are being held under the El Paso bridge in Texas, which is one of the many common places in which immigrants cross the U.S.-Mexico border. Many of these migrants themselves are speaking up about the less-than-adequate and even dangerous conditions that the area encompasses. According to this site, many immigrants being held here have recounted on the weather they have had to endure in the outside holding area. Others have spoken up about the resources they have been given, or have not been given. Some say that they have had to sleep on “bare, rocky dirt” with nothing to cover them but “thin, mylar blankets.” According to the LA Times, many migrants complained that they did not have enough food to eat and were “not receiving adequate medical attention.” Others report that there have been multiple cases, especially among children, of sepsis, which is a condition caused by the body’s response to infection. In December 2018, two migrant children even died after contracting the condition without receiving proper medical care.

Many officials involved in the detainment of these immigrants have claimed that they are doing all that they can to find more adequate holding areas. Only time will tell how this issue will progress.