An adult immigrant from El Salvador who entered the country illegally wears an ankle monitor July 27 at a shelter in San Antonio. Lawyers representing immigrant mothers held in a South Texas detention center say the women have been denied counsel and coerced into accepting ankle-monitoring bracelets as a condition of release, even after judges made clear that paying their bonds would suffice. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Asylum seekers rally in front of the German Office for Migration and Refugees with vests that read "no one is illegal" in Nuremberg on Aug. 17. Migrants from Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Iran and Syria called for faster asylum procedures, the freedom to choose their accommodation and the abolition of camps where they must stay. Timm Schamberger/EPA/LANDOV hide caption

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Parallels

Seeking Asylum In Germany Can Mean Living In Limbo

The process drags on for years, and during the interim, applicants are unable to find a home, job or future. Advocates say the system needs streamlining.

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A 16-year-old refugee shows the scars he received while held on a human trafficking boat. Evidence of physical violence like this lends credence to the stories of those seeking asylum in the U.S. It's Dr. Katherine McKenzie's job to evaluate it. Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Chantel, 3, and Antoni, 7 months, migrated to Spain from their native Cameroon, with their mother Tatiana Kanga, 25. Tatiana was nine months pregnant with Antoni when they crossed the Mediterranean Sea together in an inflatable boat. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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Berlin residents Mareike Geiling (left) and her boyfriend, Jonas Kakoschke, speak with their roommate, a Muslim refugee from Mali. Geiling and Kokoschke helped launch a website that matches Germans willing to share their homes with new arrivals. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson/NPR hide caption

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Children enter a dormitory in the Artesia Family Residential Center in Artesia, N.M, in September. The center has been held up by the Obama administration as an example of the crackdown on illegal crossings from Central America. But civil rights advocates are suing the federal government, saying that lack of access to legal representation turned the center into a "deportation mill." Juan Carlos LLorca/AP hide caption

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Ugandan gay-rights activist John Abdallah Wambere, right, embraces attorney Janson Wu, after announcing his application for asylum in May. The U.S. government has now formally recommended Wambere's application for approval. Josh Reynolds/AP hide caption

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Immigration and Customs officials stand by as a woman and child, who were deported from the United States, deplane at the San Pedro Sula airport in Honduras on July 18. Esteban Felix/AP hide caption

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Law

Young Migrants May Request Asylum, But It's Hard To Get

Amid the emotional debate over the surge in unaccompanied minors from Central America, some migrants will be given refugee status while others can try for asylum.

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Sri Lankan asylum seekers who were sent back by Australia cover their faces as they wait to enter a magistrate's court in Galle, Sri Lanka, on Tuesday. Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Activists protest Uganda's anti-gay legislation in Nairobi, Kenya, this month. LGBT status has been grounds for asylum in the U.S. since 1994, but winning refugee status can be difficult, particularly for people who are unable to obtain visas to the U.S. before applying. Dai Kurokawa /EPA/LANDOV hide caption

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Migrants arrive in Valletta, the Maltese capital, aboard a patrol boat on Oct. 12, a day after their boat sank, killing more than 30 people, mostly women and children — just the latest deadly migrant tragedy to hit the Mediterranean. Despite Europe's financial crisis illegal immigrants continue to attempt to enter Europe through its southern coastal countries as they seek a better life. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A survivor of the shipwreck of migrants off the Italian island of Lampedusa looks out over the water Tuesday. The tragedy has bought fresh questions over the thousands of asylum-seekers who arrive in Europe by boat each year. Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images hide caption

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Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of President Kennedy in 1963, had defected to the Soviet Union several years earlier, but returned to the U.S. after becoming disillusioned with that country. He is shown here in a Dallas police station after his arrest for Kennedy's shooting. AP hide caption

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