The Texas Tribune is continuing to investigate an ongoing border crisis that has intensified this year after last year's family separation crisis.
On the U.S. side of the border, an ongoing surge of migrants has overwhelmed the Border Patrol’s ability to process and detain them all, leading the agency to warehouse large numbers of people in unsafe, unhealthy conditions. On the Mexican side, border towns are equally overwhelmed by newly-arriving migrants who are forced to wait weeks or months to claim asylum in the U.S. They are joined by migrants who have been allowed to claim asylum, then returned to Mexico under a new "remain in Mexico" policy. Under pressure from the Trump administration, Mexico's government has agreed to accept those migrants and has also deployed its newly-formed national guard to intercept and expel migrants before they reach the U.S. border.
The Tribune's team of journalists is reporting from various points along the Texas-Mexico border to investigate these and other storylines and to tell the human stories behind the statistics and policy changes.