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Broken Border

After asylum ruling, migrants in Juárez face a new choice: stay in line or try crossing elsewhere

A federal court ruled last week that the U.S. government could reject asylum seekers who failed to seek protection in other countries first — but only applied the ruling to Texas and New Mexico. Will that push migrants to try their luck in Arizona and California?

Workers from the Centro de Atención Integral a Migrantes (CAIM) call out numbers from the waiting list outside the center in Ciudad Juárez on May 13, 2019. Migrants go the center twice a day to hear numbers from a waitlist called out. If their number is called, they are allowed to enter the U.S. to be processed by CBP.

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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