Family members with Mexican citizenship crossing the southern border without visas
Tens of thousands of Mexican family members crossed the southern border in recent months, soaring past previous levels.
Why it matters: President Biden’s decisions to end migrant family detention and launch an app for people to schedule legal border crossings have likely contributed to drawing more Mexican families, experts tell Axios.
Zoom in: Governance concerns, poverty and watching other migrants take their chances at the U.S. are all probable factors for the rise, Cris Ramon, senior policy advisor with the advocacy group We Are Unidos, told Axios.
Between the lines: While the app creates a more orderly, legal way for migrants and asylum seekers to enter the U.S., Mexican families are also crossing the border illegally.
Zoom out: News about U.S. policies is known to spread quickly word of mouth among smugglers and migrants, Migration Policy Institute’s Colleen Putzel-Kavanaugh told Axios — including that families who cross illegally are often released into the U.S. with a notice to appear in court.
What to watch: The Biden administration is eyeing a host of measures to address the growing numbers of families taking a chance for parole or asylum in the U.S.
The bottom line: Mexican migration across the border has historically been driven by single adults — not families.