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With rifles and razor wire, National Guard and state troopers are blocking migrants at the border in El Paso

As cities on the Texas-Mexico border continue preparing for a possible influx of migrants and Title 42 remains in limbo, a shallow spot in the Rio Grande where thousands have recently crossed became the scene of a standoff Monday.

Barbwire separates migrants and the Texas National Guard and Texas DPS officers on the banks of the Rio Grande, on Dec. 20, 2022, in El Paso. Over 400 personnel have been sent to this border sector by Gov. Abbott after El Paso city officials declared a state of emergency.

Migrants still sleeping on El Paso’s streets

Seeking safety

“A lot of work to do”

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