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Santo Tomas Catholic Church in Abiquiu, N.M., is the site of an annual saint's day celebration in late November that includes cultural elements of the genizaros, the descendants of Native American slaves. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Descendants Of Native American Slaves In New Mexico Emerge From Obscurity

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Case 0435: The remains are presumed to be male and were found Feb. 9, 2012, on the Laborcitas Creek Ranch in Brooks County, Texas. They were exhumed from the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Falfurrias on May 23, 2013. All items were found in the blue backpack. Courtesy of The Texas Observer hide caption

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In Texas, A Database Of Exhumed Objects Aims To ID Migrants Who Perished

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Haitian nationals at a Mexican government immigration office near the port of entry between Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, and Nogales, Ariz., wait day after day for appointments with U.S. immigration agents so they can enter. As a result of the Haitian influx and a continuing surge of Central Americans on the Texas-Mexico border, the U.S. government has run out of detention space. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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At The U.S.-Mexico Border, Haitians Arrive To A Harsh Reception

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Immigration And Border Security Top President-Elect Trump's To-Do List

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Texas Hands Donald Trump Its 38 Electoral Votes

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Immigration Was A Hot Button Issue. Now What?

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In order to reduce shootings, all Border Patrol agents are now required to train in a simulated environment complete with immigrants threatening rocks. Agent Aaron Sims trains on the simulator at the CBP National Training Center in Harper's Ferry, W.V. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Combating Corruption: U.S. Customs And Border Protection Seeks Deep Reform

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Platform Check: Clinton, Trump Hold Polarized Positions On Immigration

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The Justice Department says racketeering convictions have "decapitated" the leadership of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas and "decimated" its ranks. Here, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer announces in 2012 the arrest of dozens of Texas members of the white supremacist organization. Cody Duty/Houston Chronicle via AP hide caption

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Federal Crackdown Merely 'A Respite' For Aryan Brotherhood Of Texas

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Local journalist Erik McCowan, standing in the Gonzales Memorial Museum, thinks people should know the history behind the phrase, "Come and take it!" John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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For Sale: A Texan Symbol Of Defiance

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Keith Cole is one of the Texas inmates in the federal lawsuit challenging extreme heat in Texas prisons. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Texas Prisoners Sue Over 'Cruel' Conditions, Citing Extreme Heat

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Realistic-looking wooden pistols carved and painted by an inmate at the Walls Unit prison in Huntsville, Texas, in 1964. They were intended to be used in an escape attempt but were discovered by employees of the prison. Courtesy of Texas Prison Museum hide caption

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From Homemade Weapons To Inmate Art, An Inside Look At Life Behind Bars

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