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As migrant surge continues, El Paso's safety net is feeling the strain

Federal agencies have redirected agents to deal with a growing wave of migrants, and the president is threatening to close the border. Meanwhile, local shelters face a daily dilemma: 500 to 600 new arrivals who need somewhere to go.

Eduardo Talamantes, a Navy veteran, helps set up cots at a migrant shelter at the Catholic Diocese of El Paso's main campus. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune
A migrant group is detained by CBP near the Paso del Norte International Bridge, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in El Paso.
A group of migrants from Brazil arrive at a migrant shelter at the Catholic Diocese of El Paso's main campus, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in El Paso.

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