Scott Mc Kiernan Presents zReportage.com Story of the Week #786: TUESDAY May 11, 2021: ‘BROKEN BORDER’ by Pulitzer Prize winning ZUMA Photographer Carol Guzy who spent several nights with Texas Rangers on the US-Mexico border covering this story.
Story of the Week #786: TUESDAY May 11, 2021: ‘BROKEN BORDER’ by Pulitzer Prize winning ZUMA Photographer Carol Guzy who spent several nights with Texas Rangers on the US-Mexico border covering this story: As darkness falls on the Rio Grande river, Texas Rangers watch with night vision goggles for inflatable rafts crossing the river from Mexico. The night is about to get busy. Soon rafts drop off asylum-seekers onto United States soil, including many families with young children and some even traveling alone. Roma, a town of 10,000 people in the Rio Grande Valley, is the latest epicenter of illegal crossings, where growing numbers of families and children are entering the United States to seek asylum. U.S. authorities reported more than 100,000 encounters on the southern border in February, the highest surge since 2019. At the end of march over 16,000 unaccompanied children were in government custody, including about 5,000 in substandard U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities. 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. Welcome to ‘BROKEN BORDER’
Scott Mc Kiernan, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, ZUMA Press