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A federal jury in Tucson, Ariz., has acquitted a humanitarian aid worker who was charged with harboring a pair of migrants from Central America after Border Patrol agents reported seeing him provide food and shelter in the Arizona desert.

It was the second time federal prosecutors had put Scott Warren of the faith-based border aid group No More Deaths on trial.

The number of people apprehended by U.S. authorities, either attempting to cross the southwest border illegally or presenting themselves at a port of entry, declined for the fifth consecutive month, according to new figures released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Just over 45,000 people were apprehended in October, down from a spike of 144,000 in May — an almost 70 percent decline.

Authorities also report a significant demographic shift among those apprehended.

An encampment in Matamoros, Mexico, is a stopping point for asylum-seekers who are waiting for a chance at legal entry into the United States.

The conditions at the encampment are poor but a group of U.S. volunteers called Team Brownsville is crossing the border daily to help.

More than 1,500 asylum seekers are living in tent cities close to the international bridge in Matamoros, Mexico, as they await their asylum cases to be heard to enter the U.S.

Many of these new encampments are a result of the Trump administration’s Migration Protection Protocol or the so-called “Remain in Mexico” policy, which requires asylum seekers to stay in Mexico before filing for asylum.

In Matamoros, Mexico, more than 1,500 asylum-seekers are living in squalid conditions in a tent encampment and Mexican officials want them to move.

Officials recently took a page from the Trump administration and threatened to separate asylum-seekers from their children.

A Mexican child welfare official, holding a clipboard, addressed a crowd of asylum-seekers last week in a sprawling tent encampment near the Gateway International Bridge that connects Matamoros to Brownsville, Texas.

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Officials in Matamoros, Mexico, are threatening to separate asylum seekers from their children.

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The installation of steel rebar at a site south of Donna in the Rio Grande Valley marks the first border wall construction in Texas since President Trump took office.

A young boy eats his meal that was delivered by Team Brownsville as he overlooks the encampment where many asylum seekers sleep.
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Update: This story has been updated to reflect the location of the shelter. It is at a gymnasium at Alberca Chavez.


There are more than 1,500 migrants living in squalid conditions on the streets in Matamoros, Mexico. They’re forced to wait there for their day in U.S. immigration court under the Trump administration’s Remain in Mexico policy.




The encampment area where hundreds of asylum seekers are staying near the Gateway International Bridge that connects Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico.
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Amnesty International directors from around the world visited Matamoros, Mexico this weekend.

The Trump administration has made a number of policy changes to slow and restrict immigration, including the public charge rule. The new regulation, which is scheduled to go into effect October 15, allows officials to look at the number of public benefits an immigrant receives or is likely to receive when determining immigration status.