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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske sits under an image of New York's Ground Zero in his office in Washington. For him, it serves as a daily reminder of the security threats that have shaped his agency. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Border Agency Chief Opens Up About Deadly Force Cases

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Jamil Ahmad, Who Published Debut Novel At 79, Dies At 83

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Border Patrol Maintains Silence After Shootings

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Maria Guadelupe Guereca Betancourt, a resident of Juarez, Mexico, lost her son Sergio, 15, when he was shot under the black bridge that spans the border from El Paso, Texas, to Juarez. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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After Shootings, Extended Silence: What The Border Patrol Hasn't Said

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GM To Pay Record Fine Over Safety Recall

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Family members huddle at the fence to talk to loved ones living across the border. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Born From The Border, Tijuana Grows In New Ways

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Parts of the fence along the U.S.-Mexico border might stop vehicles, but they don't keep out those making the journey on foot. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Crossing The Desert: Why Brenda Wanted Border Patrol To Find Her

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Columbus, N.M., was raided by Pancho Villa in 1916 and by federal agents in 2011. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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From Pancho Villa To Panda Express: Life In A Border Town

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Principal Encourages Immigrant Students To Aim For Middle Class

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Troncoso Family Finds Success On U.S. Side Of Border With Mexico

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Workers arrive at an assembly plant located along the border. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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On The Mend, But Wounds Of Violence Still Scar Juarez

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The Rarely Told Stories Of Sexual Assault Against Female Migrants

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Congressmen Are Bullish On The Borderlands

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Dob Cunningham (left) and his friend Larry Johnson look over the edge of Cunningham's 800-acre ranch in Quemado, Texas. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Always Watching: A Fragile Trust Lines The U.S.-Mexico Border

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Intocable's Music Straddles The Border

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