President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy drew sharp rebukes after it was announced in April 2018 — especially after children who had been separated from their parents started being placed in a tent city in Tornillo. Trump signed an executive order June 20 that would keep immigrant families together, but it's unclear how — or if — families that have already been separated will be reunited. With support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, The Texas Tribune has been reporting on the issue from the Texas-Mexico border, Washington, D.C., and Austin. You can help by sending story tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.
While U.S. officials sound the alarm over a surge of migrants crossing the border, Mexican shelter operators and immigration officials are trying to find space for people from nearly every continent who must wait in Mexico as they try to claim asylum in the U.S.
As of July 18, Texas’ 35 state-licensed shelters had permission to accommodate up to 6,286 children, according to the state health commission. With 4,937 kids living in them, that means they’re at 78% capacity.
by Nick Miroff and Maria Sacchetti, The Washington Post
The residential center in Karnes City holds more than 500 adults and children, but federal officials are considering releasing them with notices to appear in court and using the facility to house single adults instead.
Carlos left Honduras with 6-year-old Heyli and a dream of lifting his family out of poverty, only to be caught in the web of a billion-dollar smuggling industry, then separated from his daughter for months. "Right now, the money's in the people," one smuggler says.
As the Trump administration continues to demand a wall on the southern border, it has started forcing some asylum seekers to stay in Mexico while their cases are pending. But just how much the Mexican government is willing to cooperate with Washington remains uncertain.
After six months of controversy and protests, the tent city erected near a desert port of entry will close after federal officials can find new accommodations for more than 800 unaccompanied minors who crossed the border illegally.
Migrant children are not supposed to be detained for more than 20 days in unlicensed facilities. Texas may be able to license two family detention centers, in Dilley and Karnes County, after an appeals court ruling last week.
The number of unaccompanied minor children held in Texas shelters reached a new high in November, months after the administration of President Donald Trump ended its policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the border.
While President Trump vows to end citizenship rights for children born to non-U.S. citizens through an executive order, political analysts and immigrants themselves say that wouldn't deter illegal immigration.
by Nick Miroff and Josh Dawsey, The Washington Post
More than 16,000 family members were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border in September, the highest number ever and an 80 percent increase from July, according to federal statistics obtained by The Washington Post