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In 2017 the Trump Administration put up eight border wall prototypes to demonstrate the "next generation" of border barriers. On Wednesday, all but one were demolished. Max Rivlin-Nadler for NPR hide caption

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Rep. Ted Deutch Releases Details Of Sexually Abused Migrant Children

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Children line up to enter a tent at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children. Once youth turn 18, they are aged out of the children's shelter and are at risk of being placed in an adult detention facility. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption

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Migrant Youth Go From A Children's Shelter To Adult Detention On Their 18th Birthday

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Nearly 1,600 teenage migrants are housed at a temporary emergency shelter in Florida run by a for-profit company. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services hide caption

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Florida Shelter Is Scrutinized For The Way It Handles Migrant Children

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An asylum-seeking boy from Central America runs down a hallway in December after arriving at a shelter in San Diego. Immigrant advocates say they are suing the U.S. government for allegedly detaining immigrant children too long and improperly refusing to release them to relatives. Gregory Bull/AP hide caption

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Lawsuits Allege 'Grave Harm' To Immigrant Children In Detention

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Lawsuit Alleges Migrant Children Are Used To Catch Other Undocumented Immigrants

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Trump Pitches 3-Year Extension Of DACA Protections For Border Wall Funding

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Teen migrants wait in line inside the Tornillo detention camp in Tornillo, Texas, in December 2018. Andres Leighton/AP hide caption

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Federal Immigration Agents Separated More Migrant Children Than Previously Thought

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Darling Adalid Mercado, 19 (center), left his home in Ocotepeque, Honduras, three months ago to flee town thugs who wanted to recruit him. Guillermo Arias for NPR hide caption

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A Waiting Game For Immigrants And Border Agents On 2 Sides Of The Wall

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Central American Migrants In Tijuana Consider If Long Journey Was Worth The Effort

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Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott stands near an old border monument at the base of the San Ysidro Mountains in southern San Diego County where current fencing ends. John Francis Peters for NPR hide caption

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Border Patrol Makes Its Case For An Expanded 'Border Barrier'

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Border Patrol Professionals Weigh In On What's Needed: Wall Or Fence

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Thousands Of Central American Migrants Stuck In Tijuana, Waiting To Seek Asylum

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Texas Migrant Tent City To Close By End Of January

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