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Humanitarian Crisis At The US-Mexico Border: Stories Of Migrants, Asylum Seekers And Children

Immigration experts discuss the humanitarian crisis at the southern US border and share the stories of what migrants are facing.

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Migrants deported from the U.S. walk into Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Mexico announced that U.S. advisers on border and immigration issues will meet with Mexican officials on Tuesday to discuss migration and development in Central America, as a surge of migrants has hit the U.S. southern border.


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The Biden administration has been scrambling to address a growing immigration crisis on the US southern border.

There are now more than 14,000 unaccompanied children in US custody.

The surge at the border is on track to be the biggest in nearly 2 decades.

Today, we talk about immigration and the border crisis.

Experts help us understand the current situation and how we got here.

What has led to the record increase in migrants since January?

What policies and issues have created this current situation?

And what can we do to fix this humanitarian crisis?

At the top of the show, a local health official also explains today’s breaking news that Texas will open eligibility to all adults starting Monday, March 29.

Guests are:

Michael W. "Mac" McClendon:

  • Director, Harris County Office of Public Health Preparedness & Response

Charles Foster:

  • Immigration attorney
  • Chairman of the Houston-based law firm Foster LLP

Sarah Pierce:

Rebecca Maria Torres:

Houston Public Media reporter Matt Harab also joins Ernie with the Houston Health Department’s preparations to begin vaccinating all adults, starting next Monday – including comments about the city's vaccine supply, capacity to vaccinate, and equity and access.

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