Despite Trump’s zero tolerance policy, the number of migrants trying to cross the border has doubled

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Children stand at the border fence between Mexico and the United States, after an inter-religious service against U.S. President Donald Trump's border wall, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico February 26, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez.

The number of families crossing the southwest border has again broken records. Unauthorized entries have nearly doubled since a year ago. Processing centers are filled to capacity. Border agents are struggling to meet the medical needs of detainees. Thousands of migrants are crammed into a detention system that was not built to house them. It seems like the Trump administration’s tough policies on immigration have not been a deterrent.