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Broken Border

Dehydration and illnesses: Why more migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border are getting sick

The Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley Sector has seen a large spike in cases of rhabdomyolysis — severe dehydration and overexertion — among migrants this year. Border agents say smugglers are to blame for treating migrants like "cargo" and pushing them too hard.

Immigrant women hold their children along the border wall as they await apprehension after illegally crossing into the U.S. from Mexico on August 29, 2018.

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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