North America’s migrant crisis

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North America’s migrant crisis

In this series, CGTN correspondents analyze immigration in the Americas. As the U.S./Mexico border sees a record number of crossings, how are officials managing the influx of migrants? 

Immigrant workers and the U.S. economy

Millions of immigrants live and work in the United States. While some arrive in the country without documents, others are here under government-approved visas. Regardless of their status, many fulfill critical roles that help build the national economy, according to immigration experts. Watch our correspondent Ediz Tiyansan as he reports from Los Angeles.


Migrants’ slavery in the U.S.

The U.S. agricultural industry depends to a great extent on migrant workers – particularly from Latin America – for labor that gets their harvests to market. But that reliance can lead to abuse from human traffickers, and cases of what can only be described as modern-day slavery in the U.S. – as CGTN’s Alasdair Baverstock reports.


Monitoring undocumented migrants electronically

While the United States continues to grapple with the crush of migrants at its southern border, officials have made changes over the years in how they deal with those apprehended in the country without documentation. One strategy involves greater use of technology. CGTN’s Alasdair Baverstock reports – that approach offers several advantages… but some drawbacks, too.


Mexico’s immigration crisis

In recent years, Mexico has tracked a record number of undocumented immigrants entering its territory. Tens of thousands are coming from countries in crisis like Venezuela and Haiti, as well as from nations  in Central America. CGTN’s Franc Contreras has this report.


The human smuggling business

In the wake of the recent tractor-trailer tragedy in San Antonio, Texas, a spotlight  was put on the role of human smugglers in illegal migration – and government efforts to stop them. CGTN’s Alasdair Baverstock reports — their reach is long… extending far into the United States. 


U.S. President Joe Biden’s immigration policy

The United Nations says the U.S. Mexico border is the deadliest migration land route in the world. A new UN study found it accounted for more than half of the 1,200 migrant deaths last year. The findings came a week after the deadliest human smuggling incident in U.S. history in San Antonio Texas. CGTN’s Nathan King has more on the migration crisis.


Central American migration crisis

In the northern part of Central America, hundreds of thousands of people leave their country each year.

Political instability, corruption, poverty and climate change are often cited as the root causes of mass migration.

But what are governments doing to solve the problem?


Florida governor signs bill cracking down on migrants

Amid surging migrant numbers at the U.S. border, there continues to be special concern about how to respond to unaccompanied children ​who show up ​there. ​

Neither past Republican ​presidents nor the current Democrat in office, Joe Biden, have easy answers. ​

While one Republican ​state governor ​has made it his mission to block any federal efforts to help these young people.

CGTN’s Nitza Soledad Perez reports.