Another one of those border communities is Eagle Pass. With a population of almost 50,000 and across from Piedras Negras with a population of over 150,000 – this is another case of a larger interdependent community split across the border.
There are short sections of fencing downtown that were built after the town dropped a long-standing lawsuit.
Locals including the mayor see fencing as mostly a waste and one that cedes important lands to the Mexican side.
If President Donald Trump eventually got funding to build a southern border wall, it's become clear Mexico won't be paying for it, at least not anytime soon.
There was a recent confrontation when a larger group of ~1800 asylum seekers arrived and Eagle Pass border patrol says they can only process 16-20 claims per day.
Normally, Eagle Pass, Texas, is a small and sleepy border city. Now, with a huge influx of law enforcement on one side of the border and an immigrant caravan on the other, it's as far from sleepy as can be.
That has caused further frustration and unrest.
A makeshift immigrant shelter on the Texas-Mexico border will close this week after hundreds of Central Americans housed there believed they could ask for asylum in the U.S. Now it's unclear if they'll get that chance.