My wife (a registered nurse) received this email today:
XXXXXX XXXXXX, Good afternoon all and Happy Mothers day. We are in urgent need of volunteers both medical and non-medical to help with the asylum seekers in Deming today through Tuesday. Medical volunteers will assist with health assessments and non-medical will assist with logistics, shelter operations, travel arrangements and feeding. If you are available please respond below and email me at #######@state.nm.us. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.
This email in itself isn't a big deal. She often gets emails asking for volunteers. What makes this different is in New Mexico every single border patrol checkpoint and sub-station has already been closed and its personnel re-routed to our two ports of entry. Manpower and resources are literally stretched beyond breaking.
I don't know about a crisis at the border and a wall will do shit to fix what is wrong, but there is a problem down here. A big problem that is only growing and neither party is doing fuck-all to address it.
I don't know if Trump really thinks there's a crisis or if he just is capitalizing on the issue to make it worse than it seems or maybe a little of both.
There's an issue at the border and if you're living there, it may be more of a crisis. We certainly should have some control over who comes into our country. But turning every person who wants to come here into the boogy man is horrific.