- Title: Migrant families seeking U.S. asylum cross the Rio Grande on inflatable rafts
- Date: 14th August 2021
- Summary: ROMA, TEXAS, UNITED STATES (AUGUST 14, 2021) (REUTERS) ASYLUM-SEEKING FAMILIES CROSSING RIO GRANDE RIVER ON INFLATABLE RAFT MOTHER REMOVES LIFE JACKET FROM CHILD FAMILIES GETTING OFF INFLATABLE BOAT AND ONTO U.S. SOIL / MOTHER PICKS UP CHILD AND WALKS FAMILIES CARRYING CHILDREN WALKING BY FLOATING MASK LEFT BEHIND FAMILIES AND UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN WALKING UP PATH AS THEY ARRIVE IN U.S. BORDER AGENT WITH FLASHLIGHT WALKING PAST ASYLUM-SEEKERS STANDING IN LINE ASYLUM-SEEKERS STANDING IN LINE IN CUSTODY OF U.S. BORDER AGENTS ASYLUM-SEEKERS WALKING IN LINE AND SITTING DOWN WOMAN AND GIRLS SITTING FATHER HOLDING HIS DAUGHTER FATHER HOLDING CHILD AS MOTHER KNEELS NEXT TO HIM UNACCOMPANIED MINORS SITTING BORDER AGENT CHECKING ON MIGRANT WOMAN SITTING ON GROUND WITH CHILD WOMAN FANNING WOMAN SITTING ON GROUND WOMAN CARRYING CHILD WALKING NEXT TO BUS AND GETTING ON ASYLUM-SEEKING WOMEN AND CHILDREN WALKING ONTO BUS PAST U.S. BORDER AGENTS
- Embargoed: 28th August 2021 15:11
- Keywords: Rio Grande U.S.-Mexico border asylum seekers migrants raft
- Location: LA JOYA, TEXAS, UNITED STATES
- City: LA JOYA, TEXAS, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Asylum/Immigration/Refugees,Government/Politics,United States,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA001EQ94QIV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Wearing life preservers and carrying babies, asylum-seekers, primarily from Central America, crossed the Rio Grande on inflatable rafts on Saturday (August 14) and turned themselves in to U.S. border authorities in southern Texas.
Border arrests have risen to 20-year highs in recent months but most of the migrants are returned to Mexico under Title 42, a measure that allows the U.S. government to expel migrants crossing the border back to Mexico, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
U.S. President Joe Biden, who campaigned on a more humane immigration approach, has reversed many of the restrictive policies of his Republican predecessor, former President Donald Trump, but has kept the controversial measure, fueling criticism from immigration advocates.
The administration says the expulsions are necessary to keep U.S. detention centers from becoming overwhelmed during the coronavirus pandemic, which they argue would create a risk for government workers, migrants and the public.
(Production: Go Nakamura, Arlene Eiras)
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