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Competitors who are hoping to gain approval to build the border wall have until the first of next month to complete their work. Bill Wechter for NPR hide caption

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30-Foot Border Wall Prototypes Erected In San Diego Borderlands

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Hospitals in Puerto Rico are dealing with no power, no air conditioning, no local water, no local food, no Internet and very limited communication. Carol Guzy for NPR hide caption

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112 Degrees With No Water: Puerto Rican Hospitals Battle Life And Death Daily

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President Trump To Assess Hurricane Relief Efforts In Puerto Rico

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Trump To Visit Puerto Rico As Humanitarian Crisis Continues

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Some Progress Visible Amid Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Effort

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Dr. Ariel Lugo looks at a damaged tree on the grounds of the University of Puerto Rico's Botanical Gardens. "You asked me who got defoliated, everyone did," Lugo says about the bare trees. Angel Valentin for NPR hide caption

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After Hurricane's Wrath, Puerto Rico's Green Forests Turn Bare Brown

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Puerto Rico Recovery Efforts Continue Amid Criticisms

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Marilee Dominguez (right) speaks on the phone with her sister-in-law in Costa Rica inside Derkes Pharmacy in Guayama, Puerto Rico. The owner of the store, Ana Rita Sued, (center) has made her phone with a satellite connection available to residents so they can contact relatives and friends outside of Puerto Rico. Angel Valentin for NPR hide caption

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'We're Alive': Guayama Residents Reach Family On Town's One Working Phone

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U.S. Border Patrol Concentrates On Recruiting Younger People

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Flights Are Picking Up At Puerto Rico Airport, But The FAA Is Concerned About Radar Damage

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Irma and Oscar Sanchez were apprehended by the Border Patrol when they took their infant son, Isaac, to a children's hospital to have emergency surgery. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Border Patrol Arrests Parents While Infant Awaits Serious Operation

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Father John Tran stands in St. Peter Catholic Church in Rockport, Texas, on Thursday. About 200 people from the Vietnamese community attend the church. Father Tran, a Franciscan priest, has been there since July 2016. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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Coastal Vietnamese Community Leans On Faith, And Each Other, To Rebuild After Harvey

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(Left) Flooded neigborhoods can be seen in New Orleans in 2005. (Right) Flooded homes are shown near Lake Houston following Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 30. Kyle Niemi/U.S. Coast Guard;Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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'Show Me Your Papers' Law Temporarily Blocked By Federal Judge

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Troy King navigates his boat through a flooded portion of Highway 90 in Houston on his way to rescue the Galvan family. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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Riding With A Rescue Mission In The Surreal, Perilous Texas Floods

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