February 20, 2019 / Modified feb 20, 2019 2:06 p.m.

Understanding Border States' Reactions to Crisis Rhetoric

Lorraine Rivera interviews Texas-based USA Today reporter Rick Jervis.

This week, Arizona 360 embarked on a journey to continue our coverage of border-related issues. We traveled across state lines to trace the international border through New Mexico and to El Paso, Texas where President Trump held a campaign rally Monday. Our travels took us to the rally, and to communities along the way, where we sought to understand if rhetoric about border security reflects a crisis at the U.S. southern border.

Arizona 360 traveled to El Paso to understand how communities in the region have been impacted by the recent influx of asylum seekers to the U.S. southern border. Lorraine Rivera met with USA Today reporter Rick Jervis, who covers border and immigration issues in Texas. 

"I've talked to people who live along the border and asked them this same question, whether there is a crisis," Baker said. "And sort of resoundingly I've been told there is not. They feel that what the Border Patrol is doing and what their local sheriff's department is doing are really good and they're keeping them safe."   Jervis also described speaking to immigrants arriving at the border from Central American countries who told him they would continue to try to get into the U.S. even if they are deported, because, "Their situation back in their home country is just that bad."

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