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TUESDAY July 19, 2022: 'MIGRANT SURGE' by award winning ZUMA Press photographer Miguel Juarez Lugo: The US recorded more stops along the Mexico border in Fiscal 2022 than in any year in the 20-year history of the Department of Homeland Security, with three months still to go, beating out the 1.7 million arrests record made in 2021. Worsening economic conditions post-pandemic, violence, political instability and climate-related displacement have contributed to the high number of individuals migrating, along with the promise of jobs in the USA. Border patrol, federal agencies and the border towns, all bear the burden of this influx of migrants at the southern border. Welcome to 'MIGRANT SURGE'
© zReportage.com Story of the Week #845: TUESDAY July 19, 2022: 'MIGRANT SURGE' by award winning ZUMA Press photographer Miguel Juarez Lugo: The US recorded more stops along the Mexico border in Fiscal 2022 than in any year in the 20-year history of the Department of Homeland Security, with three months still to go, beating out the 1.7 million arrests record made in 2021. Worsening economic conditions post-pandemic, violence, political instability and climate-related displacement have contributed to the high number of individuals migrating, along with the promise of jobs in the USA. Border patrol, federal agencies and the border towns, all bear the burden of this influx of migrants at the southern border. Welcome to 'MIGRANT SURGE'
A Border Patrol agent watches toward the city of Miguel Aleman across the Rio Grande, from Roma in Texas. Hundreds of migrants arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border in Eagle Pass during a week when a local U.S. border official said more than 13,000 migrants had been apprehended in the area. As the Biden administration's efforts to end Trump-era policies that turned away millions of asylum seekers remains stalled, large numbers of migrants continue to cross near Eagle Pass.
© Miguel Juarez Lugo/ZUMA Press Wire
Undocumented migrants walk by the edge of the Rio Grande river in Roma, Texas during a week when a local U.S. border official said more than 13,000 migrants had been apprehended in the area.
© Miguel Juarez Lugo/ZUMA Press Wire
Men and women holding young children under border police spot lights as more then 120 undocumented migrants are arrested by the Border Patrol after crossing the Rio Grande illegally in Roma.
© Miguel Juarez Lugo/ZUMA Press Wire
A migrant woman sits on the dirt road with 2 sleeping children wearing face masks as more then 120 undocumented migrants, mostly from Nicaragua, were arrested by the Border Patrol after crossing the Rio Grande river illegally in Roma Texas.
© Miguel Juarez Lugo/ZUMA Press Wire
A large number of children sit on the ground as more then 120 undocumented migrants, mostly from Nicaragua, were arrested by the Border Patrol after crossing the Rio Grande river illegally in Roma Texas.
© Miguel Juarez Lugo/ZUMA Press Wire
A migrant woman hugs a young child at the border under the watchful eye of border patrol. More than 120 undocumented migrants were arrested by the Border Patrol after crossing the Rio Grande illegally in Roma.
© Miguel Juarez Lugo/ZUMA Press Wire
A man cradles two young sleeping children on the road as more then 120 undocumented migrants were arrested by the Border Patrol after crossing the Rio Grande river illegally in Roma Texas.
© Miguel Juarez Lugo/ZUMA Press Wire
At center, 6 year old ''J''' from Ecuador, who stated he was supposed 'to meet Gladys in America' and was along more then 120 undocumented migrants were arrested by the Border Patrol after crossing the Rio Grande illegally during a week when a local U.S. border official said more than 13,000 migrants had been apprehended in the area.
© Miguel Juarez Lugo/ZUMA Press Wire
The wallet and passports belonging to a Nicaraguan couple lay to dry in the ground after the pair crossed the Rio Grande river illegally and entered into the US.
© Miguel Juarez Lugo/ZUMA Press Wire
Riding on a jet boat, Border Patrol agents detain four migrants in the water and in distress attempting to reach American soil. Hundreds of migrants arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border in Eagle Pass, Texas during a week when a local U.S. border official said more than 13,000 migrants had been apprehended in the area.
© Miguel Juarez Lugo/ZUMA Press Wire
After crossing the Rio Grande, a Cuban family walk toward inland as hundreds of migrants arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border in Eagle Pass, Texas during a week when a local U.S. border official said more than 13,000 migrants had been apprehended in the area.
© Miguel Juarez Lugo/ZUMA Press Wire
A border Patrol agent frisks a migrant father before his family after they crossed the Rio Grande river and illegally entering the US.
© Miguel Juarez Lugo/ZUMA Press Wire
A migrant from Cuba, tries to cool off with a bottle of water as hundreds of migrants arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border in Eagle Pass, Texas. More than 75 migrants have died during the journey in the last six months.
© Miguel Juarez Lugo/ZUMA Press Wire
Men, women and children stand in the shade of the border fence, as hundreds of migrants arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border in Eagle Pass, Texas.
© Miguel Juarez Lugo/ZUMA Press Wire
A migrant family takes a break after crossing the border illegally and are detained by U.S. border patrol officers and police.
© Miguel Juarez Lugo/ZUMA Press Wire
A border patrol officer helps a young migrant boy get some water to cool off as hundreds of migrants arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border in Eagle Pass, Texas.
© Miguel Juarez Lugo/ZUMA Press Wire
A migrant woman with dehydration symptoms is helped by a Border Patrol agent as hundreds of migrants arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday during a week when a local U.S. border official said more than 13,000 migrants had been apprehended in the area.
© Miguel Juarez Lugo/ZUMA Press Wire
A woman with dehydration symptoms at the border fence is helped by a Border Patrol agent as hundreds of migrants arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border.
© Miguel Juarez Lugo/ZUMA Press Wire
Miguel Juarez Lugo

MIGUEL JUAREZ LUGO has more than 20 years of experience as a photojournalist and has covered stories in Mexico, the U.S., East and Central Africa and the Middle East. His photos have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, NPR, Paris Match, El Pais, O Globo and Gara, among other outlets. He was the first Mexican photographer to be based in the U.S. for the Mexican newspapers Reforma and El Norte, covering the White House and Congress. He has worked extensively in Kenya, Ethiopia, DR Congo, Somalia, Sudan, Egypt, Gaza, and most recently, Syria. Miguel is interested in the power of photography to communicate the humanity, emotion and complexity of a given moment, always with dignity and honesty, and always with the goal of bringing the viewer and subject closer together. He is currently based in New York and Washington, D.C. (Credit Image: © Miguel Juarez Lugo/ZUMAPRESS.com):845



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