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Broken Border

Conditions deteriorating at makeshift camp on the Rio Grande where thousands await U.S. asylum

The camp began forming last summer in Matamoros, Mexico, and now an estimated 2,000 people, many of them children, live in squalid conditions as they wait weeks or months to request U.S. asylum.

Rows of tents are situated near the entrance of the Gateway International Bridge in Matamoros, Tamaulipas on Oct. 16, 2019. …

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

Migrant tents near the Gateway International Bridge in Matamoros, Tamaulipas on Oct. 16, 2019.
A group of migrants swim in the Rio Grande under the Gateway International Bridge on Oct. 16, 2019.
A group of migrants wash clothes on the banks of the Rio Grande in Matamoros, Tamaulipas on Oct. 16, 2019.
Vehicles pass by tents situated at the entrance of the Gateway International Bridge in Matamoros, Tamaulipas on Oct. 16, 201…
A young girl looks out of a tent at the migrant camp in Matamoros, Tamaulipas. Oct. 17, 2019.
A young boy looks out of tent at the migrant camp near the Gateway International Bridge in Matamoros, Tamaulipas. Oct. 16, 2…
Migrant tents near the Gateway International Bridge in Matamoros, Tamaulipas on Oct. 16, 2019.
A young girl from the Mexican state of Guerrero looks towards the Gateway International Bridge in Matamoros on Oct. 16, 2019…

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