The U.S. is putting new restrictions into place at its southern border to try to to stop migrants from crossing illegally and encourage them instead to apply for asylum online through a new process.
Title 42, the controversial Trump-era policy that allowed to turn away asylum-seekers at the border, expired midnight May 11, 2023. Under the public health policy, which officials said was aimed to stop the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. expelled migrants more than 2.8 million times. Once Title 42 sunsets, individuals who enter the country illegally will once again have the opportunity to apply for asylum. Many expect border crossings to dramatically surge.
Read on to learn more about who is affected, how lawmakers are responding, and what to expect in the future.
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As Title 42 is set to expire at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday, security officials are bracing for what could be an unprecedented influx of migrants seeking asylum along the southern border.