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Broken Border

San Antonio and other Texas cities confront the spillover from the border migration crisis

With Border Patrol facilities overwhelmed, San Antonio's hastily opened migrant center, housed in an old Quiznos, is seeing hundreds of migrants arriving daily, many without money or a place to go.

Large group of mostly African migrants outside a makeshift center in downtown San Antonio on June 26, 2019. The migrants are given food and a bag with basic hygiene products, then escorted to a nearby shelter to sleep for the night.

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.

A group of migrants mostly from Africa walk a few blocks on June 26, 2019 from a makeshift processing center in downtown San Antonio to a shelter where they will spend the night. The shelter is run by the Interfaith Welcome Coalition.
Children read and play outside a makeshift center  on June 26, 2019. Large groups of migrants, mostly from Africa have been arriving to somewhat makeshift shelters in downtown San Antonio
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Cots set up inside the Travis Park Church June 27, 2019 in downtown San Antonio where an influx of migrants mostly from Africa have been arriving in the city. The shelter includes volunteers from the Interfaith Welcome Coalition
Sen. Ted Cruz speaks during the annual Border Safety Initiative Conference held close to the Rio Grande near Mission, on Monday, July 1, 2019.

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