Guests: John Burnett, Denise Gilman, Julián Aguilar
The photograph of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his 23-month-old daughter Angie lying face down on the banks of the Rio Grande, along with the images of filthy and overcrowded detention cells, have made vivid the reality of the border crisis home for many Americans. Last week, the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General detailed in a report the dangerous conditions migrant detention facilities. This hour, we talk about the crisis at detention centers and what’s being done to address it. We’ll also discuss the politics of immigration and the idea of decriminalizing border crossings. And, we’ll look at how migrants are doing on the Mexican side of the border. Our guests are JOHN BURNETT, NPR’s Southwest correspondent who covers immigration and border affairs, DENISE GILMAN, director of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law, and JULIÀN AGUILAR, Politics and border affairs reporter for The Texas Tribune.