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Broken Border

"The federal government has really dropped the ball": Texas lawmakers express concern about conditions for migrants in U.S. custody

Two Texas House committees met for hours to discuss the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. And some Democratic lawmakers said the state has a responsibility to provide humanitarian assistance. But what options they have remained unclear.

State Reps. Poncho Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass, and Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, listen to testimony at a joint hearing held by the House International Relations and Economic Development, and Homeland Security and Public Safety committees, on July 12, 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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