Immigration is the stories of migrants risking everything for a better life.
In 2019, more than 159,000 migrants filed for asylum in the US - a
274% increase over 2008. There are 258 million international migrants.
Cubans, unlike other refugees, who make it to the shore, under the "Wet Foot/Dry Foot" policy are allowed to stay in the United States.
"Migrating to the United States is like looking for death".
No one wants to become another of the desert's anonymous dead. The families have little recourse to claim the bodies".
There are no easy policy answers to immigration. In recent years, the US has accepted fewer refugees than it did 40 years ago.
Thousands fled their homes, driven by poverty and violence.
They abandoned their homes for many reasons: millions searched for better jobs or medical care and tens of millions had on choice.
The promise land was an infinitely distant. For some the US is a mirage. No one knows how many people have been lost at sea, trying to cross from the Islands to the US. And people are still willing to do whatever it takes to get here.
"My daughter was raped and thrown overboard as she tried to get to the United States from Haiti".
Some workers have not seen their families in years.
Despite the fevered rhetoric, there were actually fewer undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. in 2006 than in 2007.
President Trump still campaigns on the ideal that the southern border is a national crisis.
The two million Farm workers are among the poorest workers in the U.S. Hazardous conditions are routine. Child farm workers risk their safety, health, and education working the fields because their parents cant earn adequate wages to support a family.
Workers start their work day, before sunrise and work 12-14 hours a day.
Many growers have long been pushing to ease requirements and expand the scope of H-2A workers in the United States to meet farm labor needs.
But particularly during the novel coronavirus pandemic, it is essential that employers and the federal government also ensure the safety and security of participantsas well as that of current farmworkers and other food system workers such as meatpackersto strengthen the security of the U.S. food supply.
Workers work in fields often sprayed with chemicals that are absorbed into their skin.
The firm said it was forced to use a soil fumigant because no cost-effective substitute exists.
But farm-workers advocates have raised concerns about the possible dangers to workers, especially pregnant women
"We were working in the fields when it began raining mist. We were wet, but kept trying to work. I thought it was a fog. Then we saw the truck spraying all the white stuff. After my head hurt."
Carlitos Candelario, was one of the children born in the Immokalee, Florida, farming community, born with disabilities. He was born without legs or arms.
Experts call the spray, "a witches brew of pesticides".
Many immigrants live in constant fear.
"They tell us we are illegal. What are you doing in our country? You know they are going to deport you".
Protesters, including Japanese Americans, who or their parents, were held as POWs at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, demand that the government not use the military base to house immigrant children separated from their parents.
Protesters yelled "No more concentration camps". Many felt there were far too many unsettling parallels between past and present.
Hundreds of Apache, including Geronimo, were held at Fort Sill, after they became Prisoners of War. Geronimo demanded that families be held together.
Paul Tomita, holding his camp ID card, protests the government plans to house 1,400 children without their parents at the Army base.
"I feel this is my home! My children's home. And I am here because home is always worth fighting for."
Protesters demand that permanent residency be made available for thousands of immigrants who fled to the United States escaping war and poverty.
President Trump has tweeted that the countrys immigration laws are the dumbest anywhere in the world and that immigrants should be sent back to their countries without the benefit of due process of the law.
"We want to be a normal family again".
"We are better than this!"