El Paso's backlogged immigration court recently halted programs designed to aid asylum seekers as they navigate a complicated legal system. "The confusion in the courtroom is palpable," says one advocate.
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EL PASO—The number of people who were apprehended by or surrendered to federal immigration officials on the U.S.-Mexico border dipped by nearly 30% last month, the Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday.
With Border Patrol facilities overwhelmed, San Antonio's hastily opened migrant center, housed in an old Quiznos, is seeing hundreds of migrants arriving daily, many without money or a place to go.
The Texas Tribune visited a migrant shelter in Reynosa, Mexico, to investigate another aspect of the ongoing border crisis: migrants from around the world crowding into Mexican border towns as they wait for a chance to claim asylum in the U.S.
The Senda de Vida shelter in Reynosa is over capacity, filled with migrants and refugees from around the world. U.S. officials will only let a handful at a time cross the border.
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Several new facilities to hold migrants have already opened this summer, and the federal government has requested up to 15,500 beds at two Texas military bases.
There's a big difference between what policy is supposed to do and what it actually does. The family separation fiasco on the U.S.-Mexico border is a perfect example.
A young Guatemalan slept on a bridge for at least three days and nights while attempting to seek asylum. His wife and children had been separated after crossing that bridge just weeks earlier.
In court filings, more than 200 migrants describe long waits for medical care, minimal access to legal services, verbal abuse from guards, and untreated diaper rashes.