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THE ANGEL OF MATAMOROS

As Trump plays waiting games with asylum-seekers, a good Samaritan gives them food, water, and hope.
Ingrid Perdomo, 18, comforts her one-year-old son, José Luis, as they wait on the Gateway International Bridge.

ON A MUGGY June night, Luis Miguel Montimo turns away from the Gateway International Bridge over the Rio Grande and walks toward Matamoros, Mexico, carrying his almost two-year-old son, José Luis. The 32-year-old with a pockmarked yet boyish face has traveled from Honduras, where a gang burned down his home and killed two of his children. He hoped to cross into the United States to seek asylum. Yet when he reached the midpoint of the bridge earlier that day, an American border official turned him away. Montimo says the official told him that his son would be an adult by the time they were allowed in.

Now, after a three-month journey, he’s ready to call

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