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Broken Border

Migrants' deaths on the Rio Grande bring attention back to government asylum policy

Known as "metering," the policy blocks migrants from crossing into the U.S. to claim asylum and forces them to wait in Mexico for extended periods.

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.

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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The Tribune's reporting for this project is supported by the Pulitzer Center.

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