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.