Salvadorans react after deceased migrant father, child buried | AFP

Salvadorans react after drowned Salvadoran migrants Oscar Martinez and his daughter Valeria Martinez Avalos were buried in El Salvador. Their bodies were repatriated from Mexico after they drowned in the Rio Grande in an attempt to enter the United States.

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Relatives, friends hold funeral for drowned Salvadorian migrants | AFP

Relatives and friends in El Salvador take part in a funeral procession as they pay their last respects to drowned migrants Oscar Alberto Martinez, wand his 23-month-old daughter Valeria who died while trying to cross the Rio Grande into the United States. IMAGES

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Two-year-old child and father drown at Mexico-US border river | AFP

A 25-year old Salvadoran and his young daughter are found dead in the Rio Grande, Mexico. They were trying to cross the border to the US.

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Senator hopes photo of migrant deaths spurs action

The top Republican on the Senate Homeland Security Committee said he hoped an AP photo showing a migrant father and his infant daughter drowned in the Rio Grande river would spur Congress to act on illegal immigration. (June 26)

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GRAPHIC Migrant father, child drown in Rio Grande

Searing images show a man and his 23-month-old daughter face down in shallow water on the Mexico bank of the Rio Grande, highlighting the perils of the latest migration crisis. (June 25)

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Migrants at the Border Feel They Have No Choice But to Enter the U.S. Illegally (HBO)

EL PASO, Texas — In the two hours before sunset on a recent afternoon, Border Patrol agents working the line between Ciudad Juárez and El Paso saw more than 100 migrants step over the Rio Grande and into the United States.

They were nearly all families traveling together from Central America seeking asylum, and they crossed in groups ranging from six people to 40. When they spotted Border Patrol vehicles, they calmly walked over to turn themselves in — the first step to requesting asylum for those who enter the country illegally.

Carlos, a migrant from Honduras who crossed the border carrying a pale and coughing toddler, said he had initially planned to cross legally through an official port of entry. But out of the tens of thousands of people waiting, the U.S. allows in only a small percentage of asylum seekers on any given day.

“The truth is that my son couldn’t wait,” said Carlos. “He is very sick.”

The number of people found crossing the border illegally has shot up dramatically since the beginning of the year. In April, according to data released last week by CBP, the number nearly hit 100,000 — the highest it’s been in 12 years.

That’s as clear an indication as possible that the Trump administration’s strategy to deter Central American asylum seekers — which includes metering at ports of entry, expanded detention, and forcing families back to Mexico to wait out their asylum cases — has failed. VICE News went to the border to find out why.

This segment originally aired May 15, 2019, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.

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Cleanup underway after deadly mudslides in Peru

In the Peruvian town of Aplao, Arequipa, southern Peru, cleanup is underway after a landslide caused by heavy rains with President Martin Vizcarra visiting to inspect the site. At least five people died and dozens of family homes and stores were affected by mudslides in the municipality of Rio Grande, in Arequipa region due to seasonal rains in the Andes.

Fight against Trump’s border wall hits home along the Rio Grande

Last year, Congress approved $ 1.6 billion in funding for a portion of the border wall promised by President Trump. For some residents of Mission, a Texas town along the banks of the Rio Grande, the arrival of bulldozers could mean the loss of their land.

Trump pushes for wall on Rio Grande visit

(10 Jan 2019) Standing along the Rio Grande, President Donald Trump says “a lot of the crime in our country is caused by what’s coming through here.” (Jan. 10)

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President Trump arrives in Texas to visit southern border

US president Donald Trump stepping off the plane as he arrives in Texas where he will visit the southern border and take part in a roundtable on immigration and border security, as well as a visit to the Rio Grande where he will receive a briefing on border security. IMAGES

Images of the Rio Grande along the US-Mexico border

Images of the Rio Grande seen from Anzalduas Park in McAllen, Texas which is on the US border with Mexico. President Trump travels to McAllen on Thursday and will fly down to the southern border that he described in his prime-time television address to the nation, as an open door to murderers and other criminals. IMAGES

US military place barbed wire at the border with Mexico

The United States has sent thousands of military troops to its border with Mexico, a contentious deployment in support of civilian forces that Trump ordered ahead of the recent midterm elections. In the city of Laredo, troops are installing barbed wire along the Rio Grande.

I Spent A Day With Border Patrol Agents At The US-Mexico Border

Business Insider reporter and photographer Daniel Brown recently spent a day riding along with US Border Patrol agents. He got an inside look at the busiest sector of the US-Mexico border. 

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Daniel Brown: I was recently down in McAllen, Texas, down in the Rio Grande Valley, to cover the immigration crisis that’s been going on. I reached out to the Border Patrol for that sector and tried to get a ride-along. Finally, they granted it.

US Border Patrol Agent: The Rio Grande Valley Sector accounts for about 40% of the apprehensions in the United States. McAllen Station specifically is about 20% of the entire nation, and we catch about 300 individuals a day just in this 50-mile span of border. 

Brown: They first took me on a boat, just drove up and down the Rio Grande. They’re looking for crossers. Most people cross on rafts or boats. There are just some deflated rafts on the side of the coast there. That’s from people crossing over. We get off periodically, and just take little trails, and walk around. A lot of times they would look for tracks and see some faint ones, be like, okay, we know someone passed through here a couple days ago, or a day ago, or something like that. Their main job is, obviously, to keep the border safe and to apprehend people who are crossing illegally. But also, as they told me, it’s a humanitarian mission as well, you know. Whether it’s Mexicans or Americans, or any other citizen of the world who’s passing through, they wanna try to keep those people safe.

US Border Patrol Agent: That’s kinda one of the difficulties of the job is you have to switch on and off from humanitarian mission to, is this guy trying to take your life?

Brown: Border Patrol agents are killed, are shot at, they find dead bodies a lot, they experience, witness a lot of trauma. One agent who operates mostly on the boats, he said that sometimes they’ll find a raft or a little boat trying to get across, and they’ll be packed with 10 or more people, or something like that. Sometimes they’ll just throw a kid off into the water just ’cause they know that the agents will go for the kid right away to save ’em. We went up and down along the river there for a while. We ran into a lot of sugar cane. It’s very dense, and they were talking about the difficulties of tracking people through that, how a lot of times people can just run into that and they’ll just never find ’em, even if they have dogs.

US Border Patrol Agent: You cordon off this field and try to surround it, even when we have a canine assist come in so that the dog can follow and smell the people, he gets overloaded. So, it’s a big, big challenge, the sugar cane.

Brown: After that, we drove around for a little bit, a lot of stray dogs walking around. And the agents even said they use the dogs sometimes to kind of decipher if someone’s in the area.

US Border Patrol Agent: These dogs at times will give you a heads up, because with experience you start to see that they weren’t barking before, but then they began to bark, so they’ll kinda give you a little heads up that somebody’s in the area or something’s in the area.

Brown: The people that live along the borders, I spoke to some of them who have people crossing through their property, who’ve been there for years, and it happens almost daily, and they’ll ruin their crops. I met one family who’s shot people who cross into their property. Those landowners, when I went and visited them, they said to come back in a few hours, and I did, and that’s when they told me, “Oh, you missed it.” And then they drove me out on their little four wheeler and showed me the tracks. Those tracks were like an hour old when I took ’em. A lot of these people that are crossing over illegally or going to ports of entry, they’ve had tough lives, and they’re trying to escape violence, they’re trying to get a better life. And that’s something that I think that we should realize and understand as a country. But at the same time, you know, people, like the Border Patrol agents, their lives are at risk sometimes. People on all sides of the issue are going through tough things sometimes, and I think we need to see all aspects of that.

Nat’l Guard Starts Arriving at Mexico Border

In quiet and quaint Roma, Texas, the cities newest arrivals are wearing combat fatigues and stationed near the Rio Grande. They’re among the 1,000 additional National Guard soldiers the governor ordered at the behest of President Donald Trump. (April 11)

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No Man’s Land Between U.S.- Mexico Border (HBO)

In June of 2010, a 15-year-old, unarmed Mexican citizen named Sergio Hernandez Guereca was shot and killed by an agent of the U.S. Border Patrol. The shooting happened in the riverbed of the Rio Grande, which, between the cities of Juarez and El Paso, consists of a mostly dry, concrete culvert. The U.S.-Mexico border runs, unmarked, down the middle of the river, and when the shooting happened, Hernandez was in Mexico, but the agent who shot him was standing in the U.S.

When Hernandez’s family sued for damages, two American courts threw out their claim on the grounds that Mexican citizens on Mexican soil were not protected by the U.S. constitution. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court, which heard oral arguments last week.

If the court decides in the Hernandez family’s favor, it could expand the reach of the U.S. Constitution — and it could also subject the Border Patrol to a new level of scrutiny.

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