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migrant protection protocols

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.


Yulisa stands at the international bridge that connect Brownsville and Matamoros around 4 a.m.
Reynaldo Leaños Jr. | Texas Public Radio

The ACLU filed a complaint last week against the Department of Homeland Security for turning away pregnant asylum seekers.


The Washington Square building in San Antonio, where immigration court is held.
Bonnie Petrie | Texas Public Radio

Big white tent complexes in two Texas border towns are drawing attention. These are temporary courtrooms, the latest effort by the Trump administration to more quickly work through thousands of migrant asylum cases.