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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.


An encampment a few yards away from the Rio Grande where more than 2,000 people who are seeking asylum in the U.S. live is seen in Matamoros, Mexico on Wed. Jan. 29, 2020.
Verónica G. Cárdenas for Texas Public Radio

Charlene D’Cruz pulled 30 cents out of her pocket and asked her clients if they’ll need it to get across a turnstile at the Gateway International Bridge that connects Brownsville to Matamoros.


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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. 

Some families were paroled into the U.S. and removed from the MPP policy, so they’ll now be able to wait for their immigration court dates in the U.S. and not in Mexico.
Reynaldo Leaños Jr. | Texas Public Radio

Seventeen Democatic members of Congress arrived on the U.S. side of the Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville, Texas on Friday morning. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus organized the delegation and invited other members of Congress to attend.


The outside of a MPP court facility in Brownsville is guarded with barbed wire.
Reynaldo Leaños Jr. | Texas Public Radio

The Trump administration has lifted a ban on public and press access to immigration hearings in tented courts in Brownsville and Laredo.

A crowd of families wait at a shelter in Nuevo Laredo.
David Martin Davies | Texas Public Radio

The Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy, has so far forced more than 57,000 migrants to wait in Mexico while their immigration cases wind through U.S. immigration court.

Reynaldo Leanos Jr. | Texas Public Radio

Thousands of asylum seekers in Matamoros, Mexico, across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, don’t have access to clean water. They have to use the Rio Grande for bathing, washing clothes and cooling off from the blistering heat. Migrants have developed skin infections, and some have drowned. But a group of volunteers is trying to make their lives better.


Reynaldo Leanos Jr. | Texas Public Radio

Julián Castro, a Democratic presidential candidate, visited asylum seekers in Matamoros, Mexico, on Monday.


Dani Marrero Hi (left) with the Texas Civil Rights Project and attornery Jodi Goodwin (right) talk to Mayela, who is seeking asylum into the U.S.
Reynaldo Leaños Jr. | Texas Public Radio

The Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” program forces asylum seekers who reach the southern border to wait in Mexico until their court date in the U.S. This has become an especially dangerous limbo for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers, who have reported violence and harassment against them.


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