With over 359,000 unfilled jobs, the U.S. has the greatest shortage of cybersecurity talent in the western world.
As Texas, Arizona, and California face a historic heat wave, migrants traveling through the desert and awaiting asylum face medical risk.
"It's a moment of reckoning for our industry," Vasu Jakkal, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Security, said. "(Solar Winds) was one of the most complex attacks we've seen, and that continues."
With fewer children and more adults crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, the trend indicates a shift toward more economic migrants and fewer individuals seeking political asylum.
"There's never one thing at work," Tony Payan, Director of the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, told Newsweek. "Those who were waiting in Mexico are being let in, the flow is less, and the deportees are being processed more efficiently."
LGBTQ+ individuals living in Central America's Northern Triangle face discrimination and violence. One trans women ventured to the U.S. and uplifted those in her community along the way.
"Those who arrived at the border and are already there in groups or caravans and are stuck there sometimes are so desperate they hire the services of a smuggler...a lot of smugglers visit migrant shelters and find new clients," said Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera of George Mason University.
"Once (migrants are) released from custody, it's all on the NGOs to provide support," Shaw Drake, a Texas-based staff attorney and policy counsel for border and immigrants' rights at the ACLU, told Newsweek. "CBP facilities are notorious for not providing sufficient medical care."
"Agricultural entities in the United States need labor," Joiner, spokesperson for the Texas Farm Bureau, the state's largest farm organization told Newsweek. "We're short on our workforce, and a lot of the interested able and willing workers to work in U.S. agriculture do come from foreign soils."
Title 42, which allows for the removal of immigrants entering the U.S. from countries where a contagious disease was present, was implemented in March 2020 by the Trump Administration during the COVID-19 pandemic, and remains in effect under the Biden administration.
Texas' Laredo Community College inked a deal with U.S. Customs and Border (CBP) to form a partnership in which CBP will provide instruction at the school to students interested in law enforcement careers.
Border town economies that rely on Mexican tourism struggle as the U.S. and Mexico extend restrictions on crossing at the border.
Instead of being transported to a city like Phoenix with a robust nonprofit support system and steady means of transportation, asylum seekers find themselves in small Arizona towns like Yuma.
The remains of at least 3,356 undocumented border crossers have been recovered in Arizona since 1990, an average of more than 100 deaths a year, a University of Arizona study has revealed.
In all of 2020, there were 181 illegal train crossing encounters. In not quite four months of 2021, there have been 292. It is an incredibly perilous journey for the migrants.
Two local hotels in Imperial County, the Ramada by Wyndham Hotel in Holtville and Travelodge by Wyndham El Centro, currently house migrants awaiting processing, with each hotel at full capacity.
The demand for U.S. chicken abroad increases production at home, production which Karen Davis, president of United Poultry Concerns, said devastates its surrounding environment.
Nearly 29 years to the day, the streets of Los Angeles were filled with angry people rioting after the police officers who beat Rodney King on video were found not guilty. Those same streets were filled with people celebrating the murder conviction of the officer who killed George Floyd.
Some 49% of the U.S. agricultural workforce is undocumented. A new bill making its way through Congress would expand systems already in place that help U.S. employers hire migrant workers legally.
"I think, ultimately, the United States is making a terrible mistake by thinking that the answer for our country lies in trying to fix other countries...the answer is much closer to home. I don't see how we can't get our own employers to stop hiring people illegally."
The El Chaparral migrant tent city in Tijuana is less than half a mile from the U.S. border. It hosts more than 2,000 migrants who are trying to enter the United States legally through the asylum process. About 500 are children.
"More than a Dream, America is a need," the woman in the Tijuana tent migrant camp told Newsweek. "We need protection. I need a better life for my family."
"I'm not leaving anyone behind," the woman from Michoacán, Mexico told Newsweek. "If I do, they'll be killed. They don't care if they're children, adults, or a pregnant person. They just come and they kill whoever they find."
"The hurricanes, with the violence on top of that, are the sort of tipping point that makes life untenable," Meghan López of the International Rescue Committee told Newsweek. "People are not running to the U.S.—they are running away from the situations that they are living in Central America."
Of the more than 100,000 migrants who crossed the southern U.S. border in February, Customs and Border Protection reported that more 44,000 came from from the three countries known as the Northern Triangle: Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. A central reason for the exodus is gang violence.
The Biden administration plans to lease the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas to house 3,000 immigrant teenagers, the Associated Press reported, in an effort to relieve pressure at the southern border caused by a wave of unaccompanied children.
Over the past fiscal year, Customs and Border Protection saw close to 30,000 children attempt to cross the border. Nearly 3,000 of these children were below the age of 12. Of the 9,600 children the Border Patrol encountered in February, 98.5% of them came unaccompanied.
"I think [the wall] has made us more effective," U.S. Border Patrol Public Information Officer Jacob MacIsaac told Newsweek. "It's made the job more manageable."
The Coronavirus pandemic has earned the United States a new record for annual drug overdose deaths at 81,000, the Centers for Disease Control reported this week.
Political polarization over government use of facial recognition technology continues to mount, as Massachusetts became one of the first states to pass comprehensive regulations curbing law enforcement's use of the software.