A surge of migrants arriving at the Texas-Mexico border has pushed the country's immigration system to the breaking point as new policies aimed at both undocumented immigrants and legal asylum seekers have contributed to a humanitarian crisis. The Texas Tribune is maintaining its in-depth reporting on this national issue with support from the Pulitzer Center.
Look at the immigration problem, at the issues on the border, at what lawmakers are doing in response and at the polling of what voters think. It looks like the fight might be more beneficial to the politicians than a solution would be.
"People have to speak up and they have to take action," Castro said of his decision to release footage of women detained in an El Paso border facility. "This was about shining a light on what's going on."
In less than two months, the number of migrants sent to Ciudad Juárez under the program has swelled from 2,800 to 7,600. Human rights groups and a former Mexican government official say migrants aren't safe in the border city.
The Homeland Security Department's Office of Inspector General visited five Border Patrol facilities in South Texas last month and found "dangerous overcrowding and prolonged detention of children and adults."
The Texas Tribune visited a migrant shelter in Reynosa, Mexico, to investigate another aspect of the ongoing border crisis: migrants from around the world crowding into Mexican border towns as they wait for a chance to claim asylum in the U.S.
Last summer, public attention and outrage prompted the Trump administration to back off its zero-tolerance immigration policy. Attention waned, but the federal government's ineffective border policies have drawn the public eye once again.
As migrants continue arriving at the Texas-Mexico border, drownings have spiked in recent weeks, with nine people dying in El Paso-area canals this month alone. Border Patrol and soldiers have rescued others.
Every Texas Democrat voted in support of the the $4.5 billion humanitarian aid package, which includes provisions to help migrant children. U.S. Rep. Will Hurd was the only Texas Republican to buck his party and support the measure.