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Families Divided

"The dam is going to overflow": In Mexico, pressure builds as U.S. immigration policies take hold

While U.S. officials sound the alarm over a surge of migrants crossing the border, Mexican shelter operators and immigration officials are trying to find space for people from nearly every continent who must wait in Mexico as they try to claim asylum in the U.S.

Workers from the Centro de Atención Integral a Migrantes (CAIM) call out numbers from the waiting list outside the center in Ciudad Juárez on May 13, 2019. Migrants go the center twice a day to hear numbers from a waitlist called out. If their number is called, they are allowed to enter the U.S. to be processed by CBP.

Families Divided

The Trump administration's “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which led to the separation of children from adults who crossed the border illegally, has fueled a national outcry. Sign up for our ongoing coverage. Send story ideas to tips@texastribune.org.

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A group of women in their room at El Buen Pastor migrant shelter, on Monday, May 13, 2019, in Ciudad Juárez.
From left: Roberto Kabuya Mutombo of the Congo with his family Lucas, Acacia, and Sara at El Buen Pastor migrant shelter on May 13, 2019, in Ciudad Juárez. Mutombo and his family just arrived at the border city.
Roberto Kabuya Mutombo shows his and his families number of the waiting list to enter the U.S. in the rectory at the migrant Center at the migrant shelter, El Buen Pastor, Monday, May 13, 2019, in Ciudad Juarez. Mutombo and his family, not pictured, just arrived to the border city. They are from Angola. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune
Reinaldo Ramirez Pacheco of Cuba talks to his wife in the rectory at El Buen Pastor migrant shelter in Ciudad Juárez on May 13, 2019. They have been at the shelter for two months.
Reinaldo Ramirez Pacheco of Cuba shows his number of the waiting list to enter the U.S. in the rectory at El Buen Pastor migrant shelter on May 13, 2019. Ramirez has been at the shelter for two months.

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