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Children at the border of the Puerto de Anapra colonia of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, hang on a border fence and look to Sunland Park, N.M. Photo: Russell Contreras/Axios

Axios traveled to McAllen and El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, to see how the communities are responding to an increase of migrants from Central America.

Of note: South and West Texas are among the poorest regions in the nation and rarely are they covered beyond soundbites and press conferences. Axios reporters Stef Kight and Russell Contreras walked the streets of McAllen, El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez to record images that struck them.

Mural at El Paso’s Casa del Refugiado to welcome Central American refugees. Photo: Russell Contreras/Axios
Barbed wire and a flag welcome you back to the U.S. Photo: Stef Kight/Axios
People wait in line nearly three hours on the Bridge of the Americas to leave Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, to enter El Paso, Texas. Photo: Russell Contreras/Axios
A vaquero passes a Chicano mural in El Paso's Segundo Barrio. Photo: Russell Contreras/Axios
Where construction on the border wall and a levee has halted in South Texas due to President Biden's executive order. Photo: Stef Kight/Axios
Republican House members and Texas state troopers tour the Rio Grande. Photo: Stef Kight/Axios
A mural with the word esperanza, or hope in English, greets Central American refugees at El Paso’s Casa del Refugiado. Photo: Russell Contreras/Axios.
Where migrants staying in one of the Annunciation House shelters in El Paso celebrated Easter. Photo: Stef Kight/Axios
A migrant woman and child sit on the ground of a temporary outdoor processing facility under the Anzalduas International Bridge in McAllen, Texas. Photo: Stef Kight/Axios
A turf area in the overcrowded temporary processing facility in Donna, Texas. Photo: Stef Kight/Axios
A motorist drives by a Chicano mural in El Paso's Segundo Barrio. Photo: Russell Contreras/Axios.
The border fence along Sunland Park, N.M. Photo: Russell Contreras/Axios.
A young migrant girl carries a baby doll as she walks back to the crowds of migrants waiting at the outdoor processing facility under the Anzalduas International Bridge in McAllen, Texas. Photo: Stef Kight/Axios
A Mexican immigrant mother talks about trying to get health care for her four children at Centro De Salud Familiar La Fe in El Paso, Texas. Photo: Russell Contreras/Axios
Buses wait to take migrants from the temporary processing center to local charities. Photo: Stef Kight/Axios
Where migrants enter a shelter run by Annunciation House after being tested for COVID-19. A full-time volunteer (left) walks with Axios reporter Russell Contreras (right). Photo: Stef Kight/Axios
The wall through a wall. Photo: Stef Kight/Axios

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On the front lines of the growing border crisis

A migrant mother and her children sit in the dirt at a temporary processing center under the Anzalduas International Bridge in McAllen, Texas. Photo: Stef Kight/Axios

At night, parents with young children march through the brush after crossing the Rio Grande River in the pitch black. By day, unaccompanied kids arrive at shelters, in one instance 17 of 17 testing positive for COVID-19.

Driving the news: Axios accompanied a delegation of Republican lawmakers to South Texas last week — followed by a unilateral visit to El Paso — to see in real-time the challenges fueled by a border surge, the effects of actions taken by the previous administration, and the lagging response by the new one.

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On the ground at the U.S.-Mexico border

The Biden administration reported a record number of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in March — the highest in 15 years. 172,000 people have been apprehended at the border, 19,000 of those unaccompanied children and teenagers.

Axios’ Stef Kight and Russell Contreras spent the last week at the border and saw this surge firsthand.

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In photos: 4th night of Twin Cities protests after Daunte Wright shooting

Demonstrators protesting the April 11 death of Daunte Wright use umbrellas for protection from pepper spray and rubber bullets outside the Brooklyn Center police station on April 14.

Brooklyn Center officials imposed a curfew for a fourth straight day Wednesday, as law enforcement and demonstrators protesting the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright faced off into the night.

The big picture: The Star Tribune reports the scene was calmer than previous nights, with most protesters leaving by 10:30p.m after an unlawful assembly was declared and dispersal orders issued. Police deployed "occasional gas canisters" and sprayed chemicals at protesters who neared the police station fence, and some demonstrators threw objects, AP notes.

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