Nine journalists from seven Western Hemisphere countries traveled to Texas and New Mexico to better understand the dangers facing irregular migrants attempting to journey to and enter the United States at its southwest border.

The reporters heard from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials while traversing the difficult terrain and observing border infrastructure, including various forms of search and rescue technology.  Additionally, they watched the process of regular border crossings at both vehicular and pedestrian crossings along the U.S.-Mexico border. During their visit, the journalists interviewed people from a number of countries who spoke first-hand of their often harrowing journeys, during which they encountered considerable natural dangers, as well as those posed by human traffickers and organized crime.

U.S. Department of State

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