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Under international and U.S. law, people who flee their countries to escape persecution on account of their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinions can apply for asylum, which, if granted, allows them to legally stay in the country.

Arrests of people accused of violence and drug trafficking have been the public focus of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's border crackdown - but trespassing cases represent the largest share of the operation’s arrests, with those arrested thrown into state prisons for weeks or months. Read more»

A Border Patrol van and a Texas Department of Public Safety vehicle are parked near a train depot in Spoffard.

Charges have been dropped against 11 migrants arrested under Gov. Greg Abbott’s border security initiative after the men told attorneys they were marched for about 20 minutes to a fenced ranch by law enforcement, then arrested for trespassing. Read more»

The Briscoe Unit in Dilley has been cleared to detain immigrants arrested on state charges in counties on or near the Texas-Mexico border.

Border-crossing immigrants are being arrested by Texas troopers on state charges like trespassing, and they’re starting to trickle into a prison emptied to house them. Read more»

Patients sit on a bench in the hallway of the detox wing at Charlie's Place Recovery Center in Corpus Christi.

An estimated 1.6 million adult Texans have substance use disorders, many addicted to drugs that arrive illegally from Mexico. Read more»

Leslie Barnhizer teaches an exercise about numbers to her kindergarten class at Balsz Elementary School in Phoenix. She teaches the only kindergarten class for English-speaking students at her school.

Leslie Barnhizer teaches the only kindergarten class for English-speaking students at Balsz Elementary School in southeast Phoenix; the other three are English Language Learning classes. Read more»