Over the past two months, President Donald Trump has been demanding funds from Congress to build his proposed border wall—which led to the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history. As Congress and the White House continue to clash over funding, Latino USA heads down to the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas to visit the communities affected by the decisions being made in Washington, D.C. We visit a chapel threatened by the possibility of the wall cutting across its property, a “dragtivist” protest, and volunteers helping asylum-seekers on both sides of the border.

Also, inside a shelter for unaccompanied minors in Tijuana, teens tell their stories of traveling with migrant caravans only to be stranded at the U.S. border waiting to apply for asylum.