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Broken Border

Asylum-seeking migrants pushed farther south into Mexico, left to fend for themselves

Migrants have been bused to Monterrey and, they say, Chiapas under an ever-changing and often brutal “remain in Mexico” program. The policy is being carried out up and down the border by the Trump Administration in a controversial partnership with the Mexican government.

A young girl stands on a chair in the dining hall at Casa INDI on Aug. 5, 2019. The Mexican government has been busing migrants to Monterrey from Nuevo Laredo.

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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This story was supported by the Pulitzer Center.

Genaro Martinez at an immigration checkpoint in Nuevo Laredo on Aug. 7, 2019.
Chartered buses are parked behind a group of migrants at an immigration checkpoint in Nuevo Laredo. The buses are scheduled to transport the group to the state of Chiapas, near the Guatemalan border. Aug. 7, 2019.
Elibette Trujillo looks out of a window at Casa INDI on Aug. 6, 2019. Elibette migrated from Honduras with her mother Nora Valdez. The pair are waiting at the shelter until their asylum hearing.
The Monterrey Bus Station on Aug. 7, 2019.
Anjelica Zavala sits at a table in the dining room at Casa INDI. According to Zavala, her parents, husband and cousins were murdered by gangs in El Salvador. Zavala has an asylum hearing scheduled for the fall. Aug. 6, 2019.
Father Felipe de Jes˙s S·nchez oversees Casa INDI, a shelter in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Aug. 5, 2019.

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