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Migrants sleep on ground in makeshift camps outside Texas Border Patrol Station

16 May 2019

Reuters photos taken on Wednesday show adults and children outside the U.S. Border Patrol station for migrants in McAllen, Texas. They were sleeping on the ground and rigging up makeshift awnings with reflective blankets to shelter from the sun.

The ground temperature was about 32 Celsius when the pictures were taken around midday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) did not immediately respond to a request for comment. According to the CBP website, McAllen Station is responsible for patrolling a 53-mile section of the Rio Grande that runs along the U.S.-Mexican border. The U.S. government has said it is struggling to deal with a surge of asylum seekers from countries in Central America.