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With some Democrats calling to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement, congressional negotiators want to cap the number of the agency's detention beds. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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On Thursday ICE officials confirmed at least six immigrant detainees on a hunger strike are being force-fed through a nasal tube. Salwan Georges/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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In May, Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a "zero tolerance" policy aimed at people entering the United States illegally for the first time on the Mexican border. Over 1,000 immigrant detainees were housed in five federal prisons across the West. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Load Trail has had a hard time hiring welders to fabricate its trailers since Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested about a quarter of its workforce in August. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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After ICE Raid, A Shortage Of Welders In Tigertown, Texas

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President Trump with Customs and Border Patrol agent Adrian Anzaldua, whom he praised for finding around 80 immigrants in a tractor-trailer and for his "perfect English." Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Women and children walk to a bus in McAllen, Texas. People released from immigration detention centers are often dropped off at the McAllen bus station nearby. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Pablo Villavicencio leans out of an SUV while talking to reporters after being released from the Hudson County Correctional Facility, on Tuesday. Julio Cortez/AP hide caption

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People hold up signs July 16 in Washington, D.C., as they protest ICE. Getting rid of the agency has become a popular rallying cry among progressives, but the House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a symbolic measure voicing support for ICE. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Republicans Force Democrats To Go On Record Over Immigration Agency

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Demonstrators gathered last month outside a detention facility near El Paso, Texas, to protest the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sandra Lopez holds her daughter, Areli, next to Rev. Shawna Foster in the basement of the Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist parsonage in Carbondale, Colo. Wyatt Orme/Aspen Public Radio hide caption

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Desperate To Avoid Deportation, She Hasn't Left Sanctuary For 8 Months

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ICE Has New Ways To Keep Asylum-Seekers And Their Kids Apart, Critics Say

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Garry Mead, assistant director of detention and removal for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, answers a reporter's question in 2007 in front of cells that housed immigrant families at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor, Texas. After a suit by the ACLU, the center ended family detention, and ICE mostly avoided it until 2014. LM Otero/AP hide caption

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The U.S. Has A Long, Troubled History Of Detaining Families Together

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A former top attorney at ICE in Washington state has pleaded guilty to stealing the personal information of immigrants who were at risk of deportation and using the data to defraud banks. Here, protesters stand outside the ICE office in Seattle during a demonstration in May. Lindsey Wasson/Reuters hide caption

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Demonstrators protest U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesday, just outside the agency's regional office in Portland, Ore. Diego G. Diaz/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images hide caption

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Special agents with Homeland Security Investigations, the investigative arm of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, lead a man away from Fresh Mark in Salem, Ohio, on Tuesday. The mass arrests were the result of the second such large-scale raid this month. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement hide caption

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