Families Divided

Chaos at the Texas-Mexico border: Scenes from Tornillo to the Rio Grande Valley

The Tribune is at the border with reporters, photographers and videographers as we follow this fast-moving story. Here are scenes from the hectic weekend.

A young girl named Genesis waits with her brother Jose as their mother gets bus tickets in McAllen on June 23, 2018. Her family was camped out on the Brownsville/Gateway International Bridge for four days, seeking asylum.
Families Divided

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From the Tornillo Point of Entry south of El Paso to the Rio Grande Valley hundreds of miles away, this weekend was a blur as uncertainty around the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy sparked more questions than answers. Our reporters, photographers and videographers have been on the ground. Here is some of what they saw.

Friday, June 22

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn hold a press conference at the Border Patrol station in Weslaco on Friday, June 22, 2018. They were joined by Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Manuel Padilla (center) and local mayors.

An immigrant at a bus station in McAllen shows her ankle monitor.

Saturday, June 23

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer on the international bridge between Brownsville and Matamoros, Mexico, on June 23, 2018. Some asylum seekers camped out for days on the bridge.
Washington Moreira Batista, 17, waits on the Brownsville/Gateway International Bridge with his father, Jose Moreira Nunez, 52, for their chance to apply for asylum in the United States.

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio; U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico; and U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, get instructions prior to touring the tent city at Tornillo Port of Entry.
Castro, Udall and O'Rourke, accompanied by aides and a Department of Homeland Security officer, approach the tent city in Tornillo.

Religious leaders gather for a rally at a Border Patrol station in McAllen.
A Dallas minister holds a Bible outside the immigrant detention center in McAllen.

Immigrants, many wearing ankle monitors, are dropped off at the McAllen Central Station, where they are they are given bus tickets to other parts of the country.
Other families who have received bus tickets and instructions are taken to the Catholic Charities shelter in downtown McAllen.
Jose and his sister, Genesis, smile and play at the McAllen Central Station. The family waited for days on the Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville to apply for asylum. They were at the station to get bus tickets.