A motel and a monastery are among pop-up shelters that have opened in the last six months in Arizona to house a rising number of migrants from Central America entering the United States to seek asylum.
In last three months, ICE has released some 107,000 migrant parents and children in Texas, Arizona and California, many without next steps in place. Shelters, churches and volunteers have stepped in to help these families get to their next destinations. Most are trying to join relatives and friends elsewhere.
The desert around Ajo, Arizona, is one of the most deadly parts of the US border. Humanitarian aid groups there are continuing to provide food and water along known routes even as they await the verdict of a fellow volunteer who has been charged with helping two migrants.
Valer Clark has dedicated herself to finding ways to restore and maintain lands that have dried up in northern Mexico and the southwestern US since the 1970s when she purchased properties in the region.