As Texas mobilized more than 500 troops to protect the southern border in El Paso, immigrants from Central and South America were desperate to build a new life in the United States.
Braving frigid temperatures, fast-moving water, and the risk of being kidnapped by cartels or exploited by human traffickers, migrants risk their possessions, money and lives to cross the Rio Grande into the U.S. — often with their families. and are going with their children.
The future of their transition remains uncertain. The Biden administration has moved to end Title 42, saying there is no longer a justification for the Trump-era policy that allowed the U.S. to deport immigrants seeking asylum to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Despite objections from GOP politicians and a temporary intervention from the Supreme Court, the administration has said it wants to end the policy after Christmas, which is sure to lead to an even greater influx of border crossings.
Photojournalists documented the courageous and dangerous journey of migrants to the United States.