A Crisis on the Border: An Unexpected Crisis or An Expected Outcome?

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Publication Type honors thesis
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Political Science
Faculty Mentor Claudio Holzner
Creator Gomez-Alvarez, Lorhen
Title A Crisis on the Border: An Unexpected Crisis or An Expected Outcome?
Date 2019
Description Increased immigration from the Northern Triangles countries has strained the current asylum structures. Overhauling detention and long wait times have plagued the system after the initial arrival of a large group of unaccompanied minors and then subsequently the arrival of large migrant caravans. This paper argues that the inconsistency and politicization of the asylum process to benefit the United States has created an inadequate system of processing and vetting the large numbers of migrants at the border. By examining governmental structures that have existed within the Northern Triangle the paper isolates the political circumstances and foreign intervention that have caused a high level of insecurity within the region. This helps us explain why there has been an increase in migration from the region. Coupled with an examination of migration, it is possible to help us better understand when migration happened, why it happened, and why some individuals were granted entrance into the United States while others were not. Furthermore, the evolution of asylum laws reveals how certain laws have been adjusted to control the populations that have been allowed to migrate into the United States. By creating a framework that focuses on the impact that U.S. intervention has had on regional instability coupled with the inconsistency of U.S. asylum policy, this research isolates the primary role that the United States has played in creating a migration crisis. The paper concludes that the inconsistency of United States asylum policies has made it difficult to accommodate that influx of migrants. Furthermore, without a consistent system that adheres to international asylum guidelines, the United States will continue to be unable to process individuals that arrive at the border within fair terms.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Language eng
Rights Management (c) Lorhen Gomez-Alvarez
Format Medium application/pdf
Permissions Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6z66c1j
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Date Created 2020-08-06
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 1588396
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6gz01hn