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Broken Border

People want to donate diapers and toys to children at Border Patrol facilities in Texas. They’re being turned away.

A Border Patrol official told a state lawmaker that the agency doesn't accept donations for facilities where children are reportedly being held in substandard conditions.

From left: Meagan O'Toole-Pitts, Ashley Cortez, Oliver Cortez and his father Mark Cortez attempt to drop-off diapers and toys for detained children at the immigration detention center in Clint on June 24, 2019.

Broken Border

A surge of migrants arriving at the Texas-Mexico border has pushed the country's immigration system to the breaking point as new policies aimed at both undocumented immigrants and legal asylum seekers have contributed to a humanitarian crisis. The Texas Tribune is maintaining its in-depth reporting on this national issue.

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This story was supported by the Pulitzer Center.

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Seen is the U.S. Customs and Border Protection substation where young migrant children are being held, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Clint, Texas. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre for the Texas Tribune

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