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Broken Border

At a Mexican safe house, migrants risk violence as they wait in the shadows

A couple in Ciudad Juárez has opened their home to shelter Central American migrants hoping to obtain asylum in the U.S. And the migrants risk their safety every time they leave the house.

A young man from Honduras who goes by "Alexander" at a house on the outskirts of Ciudad Juárez, where he has been living since he was sent back over the border as part of President Trump's "Remain in Mexico" program, on Friday, July 19, 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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The Tribune's reporting for this project is supported by the Pulitzer Center.

A young man from Honduras who goes by "Alexander" holds his passport and Mexican documents in his room at the house he has been staying on the outskirts of Ciudad Juárez, where he has been living since he was sent back over the border as part of President Trump's "Remain in Mexico" program, on July 19, 2019.
Immigration lawyer Eduardo Beckett sits next to his client, Bertha, as he speaks to Elena, in Ciudad Juarez on July 19, 2019. Ed is taking Bertha to the international bridge to try to get her an interview with CBP so she can stay in the U.S. with her family as she waits for her asylum appeal.
Bertha, left, cries as she says goodbye to Elena before walking to the international bridge to try to get an interview with CBP so she can request to stay in the U.S. with her family as she waits for her asylum appeal, Friday, July 19, 2019, in Ciudad Juarez. Ed is taking Bertha to the bridge to Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune
A dejected Bertha of Honduras looks back at her immigration lawyer Eduardo Beckett at the top of the international bridge after being denied entry into the U.S. for an interview with CBP on Friday, July 19, 2019, in Ciudad Juárez.

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