Even though the crisis at the border has largely subsided, the future of the American border remains uncertain.

Key points:

  • During the border crisis of 2019, apprehensions reached levels not seen in recent history. Both the magnitude and the characteristics of the migrants themselves made the situation extremely difficult to handle.
  • The Trump administration took numerous steps aimed at securing the southern border and limiting incentives to file frivolous asylum claims, which resulted in a reduced number of detentions at the border.
  • The effects of COVID-19, worsening conditions in Latin America, and the upcoming election each have the potential to drastically change the state of the American border going forward.