U.S. Border Policy Must Adapt to the Region’s New Migration Patterns

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Migrants wait along a border wall after crossing from Mexico near Yuma, Ariz., Aug. 23, 2022 (AP photo by Gregory Bull).

Between October 2021 and August 2022, U.S. authorities at the U.S.-Mexico border took undocumented migrants into custody more than 2 million times—a record number that has generated nonstop commentary about a “border crisis.” But the numbers fail to convey a dramatic shift in the migrant population over the past nine years.

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