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Sara Cano with five of her six kids in front of her home in San Antonio Las Nubes, Huehuetenango, Guatemala. Her husband, Oscar Leonel Lopez, tried to immigrate to the U.S. but was deported back home. Marisa Penaloza/NPR hide caption

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In the village of Quilin Novillo, the houses are billboards for the American dream. One is painted red, white and blue, with stars and stripes. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Despite Dangers, Intimidation, Guatemalans Still Seek A Better Life In U.S.

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Juan Valiente Velazquez's phone shows a picture of his son, Derickson, who remains in a youth shelter in New York. They were separated by the Border Patrol in Texas in May. Velazquez was deported to Guatemala. Derickson calls his parents three times each week. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Searching For Deported Parents In Guatemala, While Children Wait In The U.S.

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Sisters from Guatemala seeking asylum, cross a bridge to a port of entry in to the United States from Matamoros, Mexico, in Brownsville, Texas. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Denied Asylum, But Terrified To Return Home

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The now infamous incident at a Starbucks in Philadelphia is far from isolated. Experts say it echoes a tragic past that excluded black people from public spaces. Mark Makela/Getty Images hide caption

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Nordstrom Rack: "We have three gentlemen..."

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More than 100 people chanted and sang outside a Justice Department building in Washington, D.C., on Friday. The protesters gathered to condemn the Trump administration's practice of separating immigrant parents and children at the Southern border. Marisa Peñaloza/NPR hide caption

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Protesters Across The U.S. Decry Policy Of Separating Immigrant Families

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The U.S. government is conducting a test run of the 2020 census in Rhode Island's Providence County, where many noncitizens living in Central Falls, R.I., say they're planning to avoid participating in the national head count. RussellCreative/Getty Images hide caption

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Many Noncitizens Plan To Avoid The 2020 Census, Test Run Indicates

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Trial Test Indicates Noncitizens Plan To Avoid 2020 Census

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Robert Hartmann meets with his tutor, Sandy DeLuck, at the public library in Winterport, Maine. Hartmann reads at about a first-grade level. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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Casting Aside Shame And Stigma, Adults Tackle Struggles With Literacy

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Carmen strikes a pose for her younger sister, Evelyn, before homecoming in the fall of 2017. Couresy of the Schentrup family hide caption

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After Daughter's 'Unimaginable' Death, Parkland Family Moved To Action

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A man walks on Benning Road in Northeast Washington, D.C., in front of the Greater Northeast Medical Center, where Dr. Edwin Chapman works. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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The Opioid Crisis Is Surging In Black, Urban Communities

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Army reservist Eric Elder, a lineman in civilian life, works with the Corps of Engineers to restore power in the hilly Rio Grande neighborhood east of San Juan. Marisa Peñaloza /NPR hide caption

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Hurricane María's 150-mph winds destroyed the tropical rainforest's canopy and stripped trees bare. Scientists believe as many as one-fifth of the forest's trees may eventually die from the storm's effects. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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Post-María, A Key Ecosystem In Puerto Rico Faces Slow Recovery

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