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COVID-19 At The Border

Expelled migrants enter Mexico through a gate tucked away in the second terminal of Mexico City International Airport on July 9, 2020 after being flown out of the U.S. from either San Diego, California or Brownsville, Texas by Immigration and Customs Enfo
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From The Texas Standard

Earlier this year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported an increase of Mexican nationals crossing the border into the U.S. between March and May, raising concerns of COVID-19 spread into the United States. The concern prompted a collaboration between the Department of Homeland Security and the government of Mexico to expel migrants through repatriation flights to Mexico City.


A Honduran mother holds her newborn daughter in their apartment. She delivered her baby in a local hospital in the Rio Grande Valley, but she and her daughter were expelled to Mexico, along with the rest of her family.
Reynaldo Leaños Jr. | Texas Public Radio

A small apartment on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande is not where a 23-year-old Honduran mother thought she’d end up after fleeing her home country.


It all happened so fast. An asylum seeker and her two young daughters had just crossed the border between El Paso and Ciudad Juárez when they encountered immigration officials.

Sara Melendez (left) is a public affairs officer with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Rafael Garza is a special operations supervisor with the Border Patrol Sector in Laredo.
Reynaldo Leaños Jr. | Texas Public Radio

The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped some people, including those seeking asylum, from crossing into the U.S. at its southern border.