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Watch: In a Mexican Border City, Some Migrants Give Up on Asylum

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Asylum seekers from Central and South America wait on the Mexican side of the Brownsville/Gateway Bridge. Image by Reynaldo Leal. Mexico, 2019.
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The Texas Tribune is continuing to investigate an ongoing border crisis that has intensified this...

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Migrants wait on the international bridge to the United States in Nuevo Laredo. Image by the Texas Tribune. Mexico, 2019.
Migrants wait on the international bridge to the United States in Nuevo Laredo. Image by the Texas Tribune. Mexico, 2019.

Dozens of migrants sent back across the international bridge into Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, by U.S. officials were offered a free bus ride to the Mexican interior, where they could find transportation back to their home countries. Many of them took it.

The migrants, most of them from Central American countries like Honduras and El Salvador, said they thought they could claim asylum in the United States to escape the violence and political instability in their home countries. They were confronted by new U.S. policies that either forced them to wait to cross the bridge and claim asylum, or sent them back to Mexico as soon as they had made their asylum claims—and then forced them to wait weeks or months for their court dates so they could argue their cases to U.S. judges.

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