Migrants enjoy a warm breakfast at the Kino Border Initiative’s “comedor,” or soup kitchen, in Nogales, Sonora in January. Lately, the number of people eating at the comedor has been down compared to the start of the year.

Members of migrant aid organizations in Nogales, Sonora say the number of asylum-seekers at their facilities has dropped dramatically in recent months after a period of severe overcrowding earlier this year.

But they worried that the relative calm could be shattered by the pending local implementation of two measures meant to curb migration to the U.S. border: the expansion of a program that makes asylum-seekers wait out their U.S. claims in Mexico, and the deployment of a new militarized police force to Mexico’s border areas.

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