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With the possible end of Title 42, put in place because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security is expecting a surge of migrants at the southern border. Theresa Cardinal Brown, managing director at the Bipartisan Policy Center, recommends a new strategy to reflect the changing conditions there.

  • Brown explained that the demographics of migrants have shifted since 2014 from being mostly Mexican, single, adult males to including unaccompanied children and families from Central America and other regions, largely seeking asylum.
  • Most people arriving at the border are not a security threat, so the U.S. should separate the migration management problem from the security issue, said Brown.
  • She recommended new types of facilities, personnel and a permanent presence of asylum officers at the border.

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A family of asylum seekers from Cuba cross an open section of wall at the U.S.-Mexico border to turn themselves in to US Border Patrol agents on May 13, 2021 in Yuma, Arizona. (Photo by Apu Gomes/Getty Images)

A U.S. Border Patrol agent keeps watch as immigrants await processing after crossing the border with Mexico on May 18, 2022 in Yuma, Arizona. Title 42, the controversial pandemic-era border policy enacted by President Trump, which cites COVID-19 as the reason to rapidly expel asylum seekers at the U.S. border, is set to officially expire on May 23rd. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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