Asylum seekers navigate new future in the U.S. after months in Mexico

The Biden administration ended a Trump era policy allowing thousands of asylum seekers to enter the country

MCALLEN, Texas – Some asylum seekers have spent more than a year and a half living in tent cities in Matamoros, Mexico, during the Trump administration.

The Trump administration’s Remain in Mexico Policy forced asylum seekers to wait in distressed conditions for months at a time.

The Biden administration has ended the policy, allowing thousands of asylum seekers to enter the country and move forward.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials report an increase in illegal border crossings

Officials say they are often deescalating human smuggling operations.
Officials say they are often deescalating human smuggling operations.

KSAT’s Jonathan Cotto is in Mcallen, Texas talking to activist groups about the situation as it unfolds. Watch the latest report in the video player above.

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About the Authors:

Jakob Rodriguez is a digital journalist at KSAT 12. He's a graduate of Texas State University, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the student-run newspaper, The University Star.

Jonathan Cotto is a reporter for KSAT's Nightbeat. Jonathan speaks English and Spanish and is a veteran of the United States Navy. Previously, he worked in South Texas.