In the weeks since this policy change was implemented, we have not seen a large influx in border crossings into the US as many speculated would happen. The Biden Administration is claiming credit for reducing irregular border crossings with their new policies, but there are still large numbers of migrants from Central America, Mexico, and elsewhere just south of the border, in shelters and makeshift camps, weighing their options moving forward. Shelters in nearly every Mexican border city are beyond capacity, and resources are becoming strained in these border towns.
Some have been waiting years to cross, some have already made the border crossing irregularly and been returned, and many more are still fleeing violence and will arrive in the coming weeks and months. As a potential humanitarian crisis on the Mexican side of the border looms, it is only a matter of time before irregular crossings increase.