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Maria Guereca in her apartment in Juarez, Mexico, holding a picture of her son, Sergio Hernandez the day the Supreme Court news came down. He was killed by a Border Patrol agent seven years ago this month. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Mom Of Cross-Border Shooting Victim 'Still Waiting For Victory'

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Maria Guadalupe Guereca, 60, visits the grave of her son Sergio Hernandez Guereca at the Jardines del Recuerdo cemetery in Juarez, Mexico, earlier this year. Her son was shot by a U.S. agent across the border in 2010. Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Donkeys with "kill tags," wait in export pens in Eagle Pass, Texas, destined for slaughterhouses in Mexico. Chinese are buying up donkey skins around the world to use in making traditional medicine. Julie Caramonte/Equine Welfare Alliance and Wild Horse Freedom Foundation hide caption

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Amid Growing Threats, Donkey Rescuers Protect The Misunderstood Beasts Of Burden

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Orlando, whose nickname is the Wolf, is a human smuggler in Matamoros who says far fewer people want to employ his services and jump the border, with the Trump administration. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Illegal Border Crossings Are Down, And So Is Business For Smugglers

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Officer Jesus Robles (at right) and Officer Jason Cisneroz, community service officers in the Houston Police Department, have noticed that fewer unauthorized Latinos step forward to report crimes out of fear of deportation. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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New Immigration Crackdowns Creating 'Chilling Effect' On Crime Reporting

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Raul Reyes is mayor of El Cenizo, a small Texas border town with five volunteer police officers. For years, the city was an impoverished colonia, without running water, paved streets or electricity. It was finally incorporated in 1989. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Tiny And Defiant, Texas Town Launches Headfirst Into 'Show Me Your Papers' Debate

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Raymond Skiles, longtime wildlife biologist at Big Bend National Park, says that animals require free access to the Rio Grande as their primary water source. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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In Big Bend, Texas, There's Bipartisan Consensus: No Border Wall

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Bloqueadas por una cerca con acceso para transeúntes, las aguas de inundación de Headquarters Wash cerca de Lukeville, Arizona, fluyeron a lo largo de la cerca hasta el control fronterizo mexicano de Sonoyta, Sonora, en 2008. Walt Frerck/AP hide caption

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A view from the International bridge between Presidio, Texas, and Ojinaga, Mexico, shows the flooded checkpoint between the two cities on Sept. 17, 2008. A levee broke and water from the Rio Grande inundated parts of the city with 10 feet of water. Walt Frerck/AP hide caption

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Mexico Worries That A New Border Wall Will Worsen Flooding

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Johnny Nicholas, the owner of the Hilltop Cafe, books a dinner concert in the dining room once a month. The bluesman and his wife opened the restaurant in 1980. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Both The Food And The Music Are Made From Scratch At This Texas Joint

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Hiro Yazawa of Japan Cell displays a spotlight weapon that sells for $5,000 at the Border Security Expo in San Antonio on Tuesday. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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With Trump's Border Plans, Security And Surveillance Firms Eye Bigger Profits

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Border Security Takes Spotlight At Annual Industry Meeting

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An immigration detainee stands near a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) grievance box last month in the high security unit at the Theo Lacy Facility, a county jail in Orange, Calif., that also houses immigration detainees arrested by ICE. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Spotlight On Migrant Crimes Drums Up Support For Trump's Immigration Dragnet

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