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Broken Border

One shelter for migrant children is trying to distinguish itself from Border Patrol processing centers. But protesters keep coming.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the agency running the Carrizo Springs facility for unaccompanied teens, has distinguished its shelters from processing facilities facing worsening conditions. That hasn’t stopped protesters from descending on the town.

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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Inside the nation’s latest holding facility for migrant children, about 200 unaccompanied teenagers live under the care of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Carrizo Springs.

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

Mayor Wayne Seipel said he hasn’t heard of any residents opposing the shelter. In fact, he's hopeful the facility will mean a boost for the town’s economy.

But some are skeptical of the optimistic outlook for the shelter, given reports of the deteriorating conditions inside Border Patrol facilities.

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