Cuban migrants prepare to board a flight from Costa Rice to El Salvador on Jan. 12. This was the first of up to 28 flights out of Costa Rica that will allow nearly 8,000 stranded Cubans to continue their journey to the United States. CARLOS GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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At The U.S. Border, Cubans Are Welcomed, Salvadorans Deported

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Leslie Morales (from left), Soraya Mohamud and Tanjum Choudhury discuss what it's like to be 15. All three are sophomores at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md. Akash Ghai/NPR hide caption

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American Girls Weigh In: 'We're Not Just Sitting Ducks': #15Girls

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A policeman detains a suspected member of the MS-13 gang at a checkpoint in San Salvador during a ban on public transport imposed by the gangs. Encarni Pindado for NPR hide caption

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The mother of an assassinated bus driver buries her son at a cemetery on the outskirts of San Salvador. Encarni Pindado for NPR hide caption

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Gangs Demand That San Salvador's Buses Stop Running, But Why?

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Suspected members of El Salvador's 18th Street gang stand handcuffed in pairs at a police station in Panchimalco, near San Salvador. The government has launched well-publicized raids, roundups and a crackdown on gang leaders, locking them away in maximum security prisons. Manu Brabo/AP hide caption

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In El Salvador, Gang Killings Take An Agonizing Toll

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Marta Elsie Leveron, 19, (left) and her brother Freddy David Leveron, 18, have not seen their father since he left El Savador to work in California in 1999. A new U.S. program allows families to reunite if one parent is a legal U.S. resident. The girl in the middle is Liliana Beatriz Leveron, 16, a cousin of the other two. Her parents are in the U.S. and she's seeking to reunite with them as well. Carrie Kahn/NPR hide caption

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A Father In California, Kids In El Salvador, And New Hope To Reunite

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Maria del Pilar Perdomo holds up a framed portrait of the slain Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Arnulfo Romero, during a procession on March 24 to mark the 35th anniversary of his assassination in San Salvador, El Salvador. Romero was killed in 1980 while offering Mass. Romero will be beatified on Saturday. Salvador Melendez/AP hide caption

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What Archbishop Romero's Beatification Means For El Salvador Today

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Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador (shown in 1977) was gunned down in a church in San Salvador in 1980 after criticizing a government crackdown. He had been celebrating Mass at the time. AP hide caption

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Decades After His Murder, An Archbishop Is Put On Path To Sainthood

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A new study finds that strenuous labor in the sugar cane fields of Central America is contributing to a mysterious form of kidney failure. Above: Workers harvest sugar cane in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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In November, women in El Salvador marched for the freedom of 17 women accused of abortion, including Carmen Guadalupe Vasquez Aldana. She was pardoned this week. Luis Galdamez/Xinhua /Landov hide caption

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Alex Sanchez with his wife, Blanca, and sons Duvan and Irvin. Sanchez has been eligible to live and work legally in the U.S. since 2001, when his home country, El Salvador, experienced a major earthquake. Alexandra Starr for NPR hide caption

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For Some Immigrants, Temporary Life In U.S. Can Mean A Long Stay

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In the markets of San Salvador, El Salvador, you can have your palm read, you can buy plumbing tools ... and you can purchase abortion pills. John Poole/NPR hide caption

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Even When Abortion Is Illegal, The Market May Sell Pills For Abortion

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Christina Quintanilla looks out at the lake near her hometown of San Miguel in eastern El Salvador. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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Why A Teenage Mom Was Jailed In El Salvador After A Stillbirth

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At the White House on Friday, President Obama met with El Salvador's President Salvador Sanchez Ceren (from left), Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez to discuss the border crisis. AP hide caption

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Migrants arrive at a rest stop in Ixtepec, Mexico, after a 15-hour ride atop a freight train headed north toward the U.S. border on Aug. 4. Thousands of migrants ride atop the trains, known as La Bestia, or The Beast, during their long and perilous journey through Mexico to the U.S. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Salvador Sanchez Ceren, of the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), narrowly won the country's presidential election last week. Now he faces difficult challenges in a poor country that's been plagued by gang violence. Esteban Felix/AP hide caption

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The Chaparrastique volcano in eastern El Salvador erupted on Sunday. Hector Garay/Telenoticias 21/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Gang graffiti in San Salvador's La Victoria neighborhood. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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On 'Blue'

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