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As Gov. Greg Abbott beefs up border enforcement, some locals want very different kinds of help

Amid the heated rhetoric around an increase in migrants, people on opposite ends of the Texas-Mexico border see the problems — and solutions — differently.

A man gazes up at a stained glass window in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church while exiting the church with other asylum seekers in Mission on Aug. 3, 2021.
Father Roy Snipes, Priest of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, in Mission on Aug. 3, 2021.

Migrants seeking refuge

From left: Jose Alfredo Ledezma, 35, and Idxi Martinez, 24, of Honduras, sit with their one year old daughter outside of Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen on Aug. 2, 2021.
Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez at his office in Edinburg on Aug. 2, 2021.
A trail frequented through the harsh terrain by people attempting to avoid detection by the United States Border Patrol. An uptick of break-ins, intentionally set fires, and rescues deplete limited resources in Hudspeth County on Aug. 11, 2021.

Feeling ignored

Hudspeth County Administrator Joanna Mackenzie picks up water bottles and a burrito left behind along a trail frequented through the harsh terrain by people that are attempting to avoid detection by the United States Border Patrol in Hudspeth County on August 11, 2021.
Mattresses where migrants slept after breaking into a vacant ranch house in rural Hudspeth County on Aug. 11, 2021.
A barbed wire fence along the Rio Grande is all the separates the United States from Mexico in rural Hudspeth County on April 5, 2021.

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