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On St. Patrick's Day this year, the fountain on the South Lawn of the White House was dyed green, as a testament to the special relationship shared between Ireland and the U.S. An estimated 50,000 unauthorized Irish are in the U.S. today. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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For Irish Illegally In U.S., A Life Locked In Place, Hoping For Change

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Diego next to posters of his brother Jose. The agent involved in Jose's death will be the first ever charged with murder for a cross-border shooting. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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In A First, Border Agent Indicted For Killing Mexican Teen Across Fence

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Federal Court To Weigh In On Texas Decision To Deny Birth Certificates

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A car filled with bales of marijuana is seen at a police station in La Grulla, Texas, in 2013. A lot of drugs pass through the Border Patrol inspection station in Brooks County, where La Grulla is located; it, too, is refusing to take checkpoint cases. Eric Thayer/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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At 'Checkpoint Of The Stars,' Texas Sheriff Takes A Pass On Pot Cases

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Divers And Swimmers Explore The Sapphire Depths Of New Mexico's Blue Hole

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CIA Releases Declassified Secret President's Daily Brief

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In Texas, Complaints Of Too Many Troopers With Too Little To Do

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Texas Created Its Own Border Patrol Police, But Is It Necessary?

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Palm trees bend and banners rip on Canal Street as Hurricane Katrina blows through New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005 — 10 years ago Saturday. Ted Jackson/The Times-Picayune/Landov hide caption

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3 Views On A Tragedy: Reporters Recall First Days After Katrina

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Water spills into New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward through a failed floodwall along the Industrial Canal on Aug. 30, 2005, a day after Hurricane Katrina tore through the city Pool/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Billions Spent On Flood Barriers, But New Orleans Still A 'Fishbowl'

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Johnny Jackson looks out the back door of his home as he talks to his neighbors in New Orleans. Jackson's home is still under construction 10 years after Hurricane Katrina nearly destroyed his property. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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At A Shelter Of Last Resort, Decency Prevailed Over Depravity

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Kenneth Jackson stands outside the Dew Drop Inn, which his grandfather, Frank Painia, opened in 1938. John Burnett for NPR hide caption

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As New Orleans Recovers, Will The Dew Drop Inn Swing Again?

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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks about New Orleans' emergence as a model of urban renewal and economic recovery 10 years after Hurricane Katrina during a visit Tuesday to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mayor Landrieu To Displaced New Orleanians: 'Y'all Can Come Home'

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Donald Trump wears what's become a campaign signature: his "Make America Great Again" hat. Part of making the country great again, Trump says, is implementing his hard-line immigration plan. Scott Heppell/AP hide caption

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How Realistic Is Donald Trump's Immigration Plan?

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Dalton Javier Ramirez, a 28-year-old piñata maker from Reynosa, Mexico, works on his popular new creation — a piñata of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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New Piñata Trumps Usual Party Props For Mexican Entrepreneur

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