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The Day After Title 42: Calmer than Expected

By USCRI May 17, 2023

On May 12, the day after Title 42 was lifted, USCRI Policy Analyst Aaron Nodjomian-Escajeda visited El Paso, TX, and traveled along the U.S.-Mexico border, observing the conditions there. In the lead-up to the end of Title 42, there was a perception among the administration and news sources that the number of people coming from South and Central America to the United States would increase significantly. However, as Nodjomian-Escajeda observed, this was not the case. There was not the “surge” of migrants and open borders that many people reported and even used to further anti-immigrant rhetoric. However, it remains to be seen if these pushback policies will in fact work as the administration intended.

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