So Donald Trump orders a wall, higher border security, and a bunch of people rush in to seek asylum.
"To obtain asylum through the affirmative asylum process you must be physically present in the United States. You may apply for asylum status regardless of how you arrived in the United States or your current immigration status."
Ok, so people are coming over for that. Normally they will be allowed to post bail and continue in the US to live with families and after 180 days legally be allowed to work.
But William Barr orders that bail not be allowed anymore, and so overcrowding begins at the border facilities.
There was a bill for additional funding to the detention centers. Instead of allowing the legal asylum seekers to try to be self sufficient and under the care of families posting bail for them in the meantime and find a place in sanctuary cities, government money is being used to house them in bad conditions.
Mike Pence visits those facilities and agrees with the DHS report that conditions are terrible. This is the DHS report: https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6180042/DHSOIG-7-2-19.pdf
Pence calls on Congress to act, however the DOJ could easily remove the bail restriction that was imposed.
The border wall is also still being ordered even though drugs are coming in through the north, through tunnels, by air, and also even though there has been no need for military action on any alleged caravans supposedly coming through that Trump mentioned over 14 months ago. Again, more unnecessary funds, and has nothing to do with any asylum seekers, or drugs or immigrants.
Raids are being conducted today as well on immigrants in cities. This is behavior that we have never seen since the 1930s:
It is causing fear among people who were not targeted but suspect they may be next. Even people with no criminal activity are being deported. Something like this would seem to have to be a last resort, but it seems like overly broad and oppressive tactics are being used.
All this is ignoring the fact that aside from Native Americans we are all immigrants here as well, and our buildings and infrastructure and farms were built on immigrant labor, we used immigrants to fight our wars, and not to mention the American/Mexican war where we took more land for Texas, New Mexico, and California.
Treating people this way in America, when we fight abroad for human rights reasons and the protection of other citizens and fight against injustices being carried out in other countries to try and bring about peace and safety, seems hypocritical, and unnecessary.