A New Consensus

Ali Noorani
1 min readDec 13, 2021


Bodies of migrants who died in a tractor-trailer accident lying on the pavement in Tuxtla Gutierrez, state of Chiapas, Mexico, on Thursday.
(Sergio Hernandez / AFP/Getty Images)

In the face of so many “worsts,” we need a new consensus.

On November 24, in “the worst migrant tragedy in the English Channel in years,” over two dozen migrants died while trying to cross from France to Britain.

Across the Middle East, based on rumors, migrants pay approximately $2,500 to take a “new route into the EU.” But in the forests along the Poland-Belarus border, as Politico.eu reports, “What people don’t talk about in Syria is that migrants can get trapped for weeks in the border zone, living in freezing swamps and forests; at least 13 people have died trying to make the crossing.”

Meanwhile, late last week, smugglers crammed more than 160 migrants into a tractor trailer, promising to get them to the U.S.-Mexico border. At least 55 were killed and 104 injured when the truck lost control as it sped away. According to the Wall Street Journal, “It was the worst accident involving migrants in Mexico and the highest single-day toll since the killing of 72 migrants by the Zetas drug cartel in the border state of Tamaulipas in 2010.”

(The driver got away.)

Read the full article here.

And, please subscribe to my newsletter, Crossing Borders.



Ali Noorani

President and CEO of National Immigration Forum, author of “Crossing Borders” (April 2022, Rowman & Littlefield), host of the podcast, Only in America.