Broken Border

Watch: Inside a Mexican shelter where migrants wait months for a chance to enter America

The Texas Tribune visited a migrant shelter in Reynosa, Mexico, to investigate another aspect of the ongoing border crisis: migrants from around the world crowding into Mexican border towns as they wait for a chance to claim asylum in the U.S.

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 Texas Tribune visited the Senda de Vida shelter in Reynosa, a Mexican border city across the Rio Grande from McAllen. Inside, we met migrants from around the world — from Central America to Africa to Russia — crowded into tents and waiting for their number to be called so they could cross the international bridge and ask U.S. officials for asylum.

Some migrants have been there for up to three months, and some have reported being kidnapped, robbed or shaken down by corrupt Mexican officials. Their stories underscore the deepening migrant crisis at the Texas-Mexico border.