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The head of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, says U.S. authorities encountered migrants more than 212,000 on the U.S.-Mexico border in July — an "unprecedented number." Veronica G. Cardenas/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Encounters An 'Unprecedented' Number Of Migrants. DHS Says 'It's Complicated'

Immigration authorities encountered migrants more than 212,000 times at the border in July, the highest in 20 years — including nearly 19,000 unaccompanied children, the most ever in a single month.

Roots Kupla
Serenity Kupla
No Child Left Behind Kanye West feat. Vory
No Church in the Wild Kanye West & Jay-Z
Skylight Gramatik
Vivid Sunset Mokhov
Sun Bloom Mokhov
Breath Thurston Moore
Siren Thurston Moore
It's All Music Marius de Vries, Pratibha Singh Baghel, Raj Pandit, Lauren Evans
Your Type WMD
Start of Something Beautiful Evocativ
Solitude Evocativ

Detainees walk with their hands clasped behind their backs along a line painted on a walkway inside the Winn Correctional Center in Winnfield, La. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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COVID Cases Are Rising In ICE Facilities, Putting Detainees And The Public At Risk

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Harry Golomski with Libby Stroik (left) and one of her siblings in 1991. Libby Stroik hide caption

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Libby Stroik

Remembering A Grandfather Who Gave Her A Sense of Belonging

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Discovery Harbor Blue Dot Sessions
Wahre Blue Dot Sessions
Lonesome Dreams Lord Huron

The head of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, says U.S. authorities encountered migrants more than 212,000 on the U.S.-Mexico border in July — an "unprecedented number." Veronica G. Cardenas/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Encounters An 'Unprecedented' Number Of Migrants. DHS Says 'It's Complicated'

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Lifthome Endless Dive

Devery Jacobs, D'Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Lane Factor, and Paulina Alexis (L-R) attend the premiere of FX's new comedy series "Reservation Dogs" at NeueHouse Los Angeles on August 5, 2021 in Hollywood, California. The show is being hailed as groundbreaking for Indigenous representation. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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'Reservation Dogs' Is A Game Changer For Indigenous Representation On TV

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Big Beef and Broccoli Trap Khadijeh Kalayeh & Aleksandra Kuzina
Building the Trap Strength Khadijeh Kalayeh & Aleksandra Kuzina
Friday Night (Yakuza Synthwave/Cyberpunk Remix) Astrophyiscs

This week, Natalie McCray, 13, returned to in-person school for the first time since the pandemic began. She spent her first day introducing herself to new people and raising her hand in class — something she said she rarely used to do. Nicole Buchanan for NPR hide caption

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An 8th-Grader Finally Returns To School In Person, Hoping It Lasts

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