1. Queue of people waiting to cross the bridge into the US
2. Border Patrol escorting deportees back across bridge into Mexico
Reynosa, Tamulipas – 18 March 2021
3. Around 200 migrants sit and wait in the plaza near the Reynosa port of entry, waiting for help and unable to cross back into the US
4. The sign designating the border crossing
5. A boy throws a paper airplane
6. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Maria Cuellar, Honduran Asylum Seeker:
"(A border patrol agent) told us to line up and that only people with children five years old or younger were accepted. Everyone else was told to stand apart."
7. A migrant children with no shoes, playing with yoyo, various
8. Migrants sit on a step checking their phones
9. A teary eyed mother and her daughter recently arrived after being deported
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10. SOUNDBITE (English) Lulu Gonzalez, Volunteer:
"Everybody's crying, every single day, we, he, does prayers here at night, you should hear all the crying there."
11. People sleeping under the bridge, catching shade
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12. SOUNDBITE (English) Lulu Gonzalez, Volunteer:
"And every day there are different groups, every single day, like right now, we've seen some who've already been here a week, staying here with the same clothes and same everything. They haven't even showered. It's really bad."
13. Families huddled together next to the building
Even though Republicans are criticizing the Biden administration about swelling numbers of illegal crossings on the Southwest border, federal authorities are still deporting hundreds of migrants daily.
The Associated Press witnessed US Border Patrol agents escorting dozens of adults and children over the Hidalgo port of entry back into Reynosa, Mexico.
There they gathered in a plaza by the Mexican customs building near the bridge or were sleeping under the stairwells to get some kind of shelter.
Maria Cuellar of Honduras said she recently crossed over the Rio Grande with her 11-year-old boy. When federal authorities apprehended the group she traveled with, she said, "They told us to line up and that only people with children five years old or younger were accepted. Everyone else was told to stand apart."
Cuellar said she and her son spent a few hours being processed and fingerprinted by the agents and then was deported.
Thursday morning about 200 Central American migrants who either were just deported or just arrived waiting to cross into the US sat in the plaza and many will end up spending the night on the street.
Lulu Gonzalez, a volunteer who helps migrants get clothes, water, food, and medicine described the scene as tragic.
"And every day there are different groups, every single day," Gonzalez said. She added, "We've seen some who've already been here a week, staying here with the same clothes and same everything. They haven't even showered. It's really bad."
Reynosa is a border city renown for high crime and many human rights groups say gangs target the new arrivals for kidnapping and extortion.