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Migrant parents in the tent camps in Matamoros, Mexico, are sending their kids across the border and taking advantage of the rule that unaccompanied children can't be returned to Mexico. Here, Alexis Martinez holds a cellphone photo of his 7-year-old son Osiel. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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'I Want To Be Sure My Son Is Safe': Asylum-Seekers Send Children Across Border Alone

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Road signs indicate the many ways to get to Canada from the center of Derby Line, Vt. The number of illegal crossers is on the rise. Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist for NPR hide caption

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U.S.-Canada Border Community's Culture Changes As Security Tightens

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Principal T.J. Funderburg welcomes his mostly immigrant students during morning assembly at Cactus Elementary School. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Unskilled Jobs Draw Migrants, Changing Face Of Small Towns Across America

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A 30-foot border barrier — as tall as a two-story building — rises from the desert near Lukeville, Ariz. Laiken Jordahl /Center for Biological Diversity hide caption

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Border Wall Rising In Arizona, Raises Concerns Among Conservationists, Native Tribes

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Border Wall Construction In Arizona Bulldozes Cactus Columns

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Nora Isabel Gallegos, left, stands with her daughter Priscila Arévalo in the riverside park in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, where her husband Guillermo was killed by the Border Patrol seven years ago. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Investigations Of Fatal Shootings On The Border Can Drag On For Years

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7-Year Delay In Border Patrol Use-Of-Force Case Is Emblematic Of A Larger Problem

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A special response team with Customs and Border Protection drills on the international bridge between Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, in the event that desperate migrants rush the port of entry. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Criminals Target Migrants In Mexico Seeking U.S. Asylum

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ICE Opens Family Detention Center In Texas To Reporters

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Migrants In Mexico Seeking U.S. Asylum Wait Amid Dangerous Conditions

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The Pew Research Center estimates there are 7.5 million unauthorized workers in the United States concentrated in agriculture, construction and the hospitality industry. Karina Perez for NPR hide caption

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Employers Struggle With Hiring Undocumented Workers: 'You Cannot Hire American Here'

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Restaurant Owners Grapple With Hiring Undocumented Immigrants

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Migrant Crisis Is Moving South To Mexican Border Towns

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Ross Barrera, Starr County GOP chairman, wants a border wall to stop unauthorized migrants who he says hike up from the Rio Grande on the path behind his fence. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Texas Residents Fear Border Wall Will Increase Flooding

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