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Thousands of young immigrants, many of them from Central America, have crossed illegally into the United States this year, causing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Amid Wave Of Child Immigrants, Reports Of Abuse By Border Patrol

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Child detainees in a holding cell at a Border Patrol facility in Brownsville, Texas. Some human smugglers who bring children across the Rio Grande make sure to treat their clients well. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Protesters outside a San Antonio courthouse advocate for legal representation for immigrant children. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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For Kids In Immigration Court, Legal Counsel Is Catch As Catch Can

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Boys in a holding area at a Border Protection center in Nogales, Ariz. Generally, minors are put into deportation proceedings and given a "Notice To Appear" in immigration court, but they have permission to stay in the country while the U.S. decides their fate. Ross D. Franklin/AP hide caption

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Influx Of Children Creates New Strain On Beleaguered Immigration Courts

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U.S. Court: Mexican Teen Killed By Border Patrol Had Rights

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell holds a rifle on stage at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference earlier this year. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Meet The Newest American Running Mate: The Rifle

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Romero is detained at a county park near McAllen, Texas, after wading across the Rio Grande. He says he left Central America to avoid conscription by street gangs and to join his family in the U.S. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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From A Stream To A Flood: Migrant Kids Overwhelm U.S. Border Agents

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How Border Patrol Handles The Immigrant Children Streaming Into Texas

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Open Carry Activists Bear Arms In The Streets — And Chipotle

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Border Agency Revises And Makes Public Its Use Of Force Policy

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Tom and Bonnie Lewis were stopped on a trip from Texas to New Hampshire because they were flying along a known drug air route. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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After Private Pilots Complain, Customs Rethinks Intercept Policy

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Members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God pray at Redemption Camp in Floyd, Texas, in 2009. The church is on a mission to spread to every city in North America. Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Nigerian Church Spreads African-Style Zeal Across North America

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Patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border can be dangerous. Still, critics say there isn't enough public accountability when Border Patrol agents use deadly force. Eric Thayer/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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U.S. Border Patrol's Response To Violence In Question

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U.S. Border Patrol Scrutinized For Increasing Fatalities

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The faithful follow penitentes — lay members of a Catholic brotherhood — to Mass at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Santa Cruz, N.M., on Holy Thursday in 2013. Brian Snyder/Reuters/Corbis hide caption

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In New Mexico, A Brotherhood Of Ancient Hymns

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