In the media today, there are multiple different types of articles from news sources that discuss about the same event that is occurring hourly. Some articles may present a more detailed explanation of the event or issue. Others may express more opinion-based articles to the readers. For this article comparison, I will be analyzing pieces by the New York Times and Fox News in regards to the recent updates of the Migrant Caravan to the U.S. border. This issue concerns of a large group of Central American migrants that are arriving at the U.S-Mexico border after crossing Mexico and parts of Central America. These immigrants are staying in temporary shelters located in the border cities of Tijuana and Mexicali. The main issue with this event is that there is an overflow of illegal immigrants that are looking for refuge in the U.S. because their countries are too dangerous at the moment.
While analyzing different types of articles that discuss about the same event, I decided to focus into the New York Times and Fox News articles because they present two different sides of what is occurring on with the migrants that are trying to find refuge here in the United States. First, both articles do cover well the highlights of what instigated these migrants even to immigrate over here and what has led to that point. This event follows with the concept by Bodystun (2013) that we learned in class of what is called the Alarm/Patrol Hybrid Model. Bodystun (2013), presents how this model should operate, but a model of how it does operate. While looking into this model, the articles that I focused on fell under the patrol-only model. The way this event fell on the patrol-only model is by focusing on the current event and will have negative repercussions on future generations with immigration policy.
In the New York Times, the article goes into more depth of what the emotion and the experience of immigrating to the border cities. This article gives examples of multiple migrant’s personal experiences and reasons as to why they left their countries. The article continues with explaining how there are as many as 10,000 migrants from this caravan that are arriving in Tijuana. Moreover, it was described that the number of migrants the shelter to almost 2,500 this weekend with only room for 1,000 people. Then, the article continues describing what is occurring in the border city of Mexicali of how there are about 3,400 estimated immigrants. As the article continues, the journalist describes how migrants are walking a mile from the shelter to enter their names on a waiting list for an asylum interview. As the article continues its evident that there is a lot of raw emotion displayed while reading. Overall, this article describes different sides of the event showing sides of migrant’s experience traveling to get to the border city and how they are being treated while arriving to the asylum.
In comparison, the Fox News article describes the same details of what the immigrants go through while traveling to the border cities. The difference between the two articles is that this focuses more on the one-third of migrants in the caravan that are being treated for health, issues. The article goes more in-depth on how the migrants came with the caravan who are suffering from respiratory infections, tuberculosis, chickenpox, and other serious health issues which are causing the city shelters to use more of the funds that they had for these type of situations. It is said that the Tijuana mayor, Juan Manuel Gastelum said that the city has enough money to assist the migrants only for a couple more days. The money that they have does not cover the overflow of migrants and that their $30,000 fund is about to run out. Lastly, the Fox article emphasizes on the problems and dire living conditions that some of the migrant’s experience. Emphasizing on how some of the migrants are having to go back to their countries because they cannot stand living in these conditions.
Overall, these two articles describe in detail what is occurring at the U.S.-Mexico border with the migrants that arriving looking for asylum. They both cover the real emotions of what the migrants are going through as arriving at the border. As well as, the sacrifices that they go through just so that they can have a better life and escape the horrors that occur in their countries.
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