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People gather in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles during rioting following the acquittal of four police officers in the beating of Rodney King in 1992. The neighborhood looks similar today as it did 25 years ago. It's still more than 80 percent Latino, with lots of immigrant families from Mexico and Central America. Gary Leonard/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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As Los Angeles Burned, The Border Patrol Swooped In

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"We must enforce the law consistent with our priorities," said an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson in regard to upcoming plans to detain and deport Central American immigrants, many of whom fled their homes due to rampant gang violence. Russell Contreras/AP hide caption

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Alfredo Trejo, 18, came to the U.S. from El Salvador in 2014 as an unaccompanied minor and now lives with his aunt in Virginia. He applied for asylum, and, like many others, he says he fled persecution from gang members in San Salvador. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Indigenous people attend the trial of two army officers accused of keeping Mayan Indian women as sex slaves during Guatemala's 36-year civil war. Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mayan Women Accuse Military Officials Of Holding Them As Sex Slaves

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