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Honduran asylum seeker Malek Gaitan, 8, studies words in English at the migrant camp where he lives in Matamoros.
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Dr. Dairon Elisondo Rojas is walking around a new 20-bed tented hospital at the south end of a migrant camp in Matamoros, Mexico.

Asylum-seeking children wash their hands at the migrant camp where they live in Matamoros, Mexico on March 17, 2020.
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As the U.S. continues to deal with COVID-19, a migrant camp along the southern border in Matamoros, Mexico, across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas,  is also bracing for what could be a deadly outbreak.

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For the past 18 days, a group of more than a dozen protesters have demonstrated outside a big white tent on the banks of the Rio Grande in Brownsville. 



Ray Rodriguez, center, reads a book to children at the Sidewalk School in Matamoros, Mexico.
Reynaldo Leaños Jr. | Texas Public Radio

Ray Rodriguez is reading a book in Spanish to dozens of children who are gathered around him listening intently.

The kids are sitting on the floor and leaning on each other. 

Reynaldo Leaños Jr.

Dozens of people gathered on Sunday in Matamoros, Mexico to protest the more than 2,500 asylum seekers living in their city in a tent encampment near the Gateway International Bridge.

For months, asylum seekers have waited at the U.S.-Mexico border under the Trump Administration’s Remain In Mexico policy  — and they’ll still be there throughout the holiday season. 

Dr. Carrillo shows members of a health delegation one of the stock rooms where medication is stored.
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Health officials and aid workers from the U.S. and Mexico want to find out how many asylum seekers at the border are living with HIV. 

A young boy moves his tent from an encampment where he and others have stayed for months while they wait for their immigration court cases to unfold in the U.S. under the Trump administration's Remain in Mexico policy.
Reynaldo Leaños Jr. | Texas Public Radio

The Mexican government is attempting to clear out one of the tent encampments in Matamoros where more than 1,500 asylum seekers have been living for months. 

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.

Reynaldo Leaños Jr. | Texas Public Radio

Officials in Matamoros, Mexico, are threatening to separate asylum seekers from their children if they don't leave a tent encampent of more than 1500 people near the Inernational Bridge that connects to Brownsville, Texas.