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Broken Border

She fled a violent Honduran gang to seek asylum in Texas. Now she might be deported because she didn't file paperwork in Mexico.

The Trump administration's policy to deny asylum to migrants who didn't seek protections elsewhere is now being enforced. Immigration attorneys warn the new rule could forever diminish U.S. asylum policy.

A Mexican Soldier patrols the makeshift migrants camp at the base of Paso del Norte International Bridge in Ciudad Juarez on Oct. 3, 2019. Migrants wait close to the port of entry so they won't lose their spot in line to legally cross into the U.S. and seek asylum.
Asylum seeking teenagers learn about factors with poker cards during a class taught by volunteers from the U.S. near the Gateway International Bridge in Matamoros, Mexico on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. The kids are not attending school and Sundays are the only days they get to learn from teachers and volunteers.
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Memorial crosses left on the banks of the Rio Grande in honor of those who lost their lives trying to cross to the U.S. this year in Matamoros, Mexico on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. 
Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune
Asylum seekers wait in line to get a meal provided by Team Brownsville near the Gateway International Bridge in Matamoros, Mexico on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. Most of the people have been sent back under the Migrant Protection Protocols, MPP, also known as “Remain in Mexico” program along with some Mexican nationals awaiting their turn to seek asylum in the U.S.
Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune
Asylum seekers wait in line to get a meal provided by Team Brownsville near the Gateway International Bridge in Matamoros, Mexico on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. Most of the people have been sent back under the Migrant Protection Protocols, MPP, also known as “Remain in Mexico” program along with some Mexican nationals awaiting their turn to seek asylum in the U.S.
Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune

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