Attempts by the US government to stem the latest surge of illegal immigration from the 'Northern Triangle' is shifting the demographics again.
In many areas, the Mexican government long ago relinquished effective control of whole towns, cities and regions to the drug cartels.
State police expected the worst when they ventured into the wild township of Aguililla to serve a single warrant. Commanders sent 42 officers in five trucks.
Migrants seeking asylum at the US-Mexico border dilemma: Cross illegally or follow government instructions to stay in Mexico, meaning a months-long wait.
Tent courtrooms opened in two Texas border cities to process thousands of migrants while their requests for asylum go through clogged immigration courts.
Under growing pressure from the U.S. government, Mexico's immigration policy has moved from one promising to help migrants to another characterized by militarized enforcement that has support of the country's foreign secretary.
The new U.S. policy would effectively deny asylum to nearly all migrants arriving at the southern border who aren't from Mexico.
Construction on a Pentagon-funded portion of border fence began this week near Yuma, Arizona, just as federal officials revealed a list of Defense Department projects that will be cut to pay for President Donald Trump's wall.