February 7, 2019


Photo: John Moore/getty Images Central American immigrants wait at a “double mesh” border fence after crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico to El Paso, Texas. They said they had crossed the river the evening before and waited by the fence overnight, with temperatures at about 40F degrees. After arriving to American soil, the families are taken into custody by US Border Patrol agents to then request political asylum. Because the river there is shallow, many wade across it instead of entering Texas via an official port of entry, where they may have to wait weeks, or months to receive an asylum interview. US border officials limit the number of migrants that can pass through ports of entry on a daily basis, a process called “metering.”

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