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A migrant family shows their paperwork to Mexican immigration officials to proceed with their CBP One asylum appointments at the Chaparral pedestrian border in Tijuana, Mexico, to cross to the U.S. on Thursday. Carlos A. Moreno for NPR hide caption

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Migrants are showing up at the U.S. southern border in historic numbers. Here's why

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Officials help process and log personal items from migrants entering the Central Processing Center in El Paso, Texas, in this May 4 photo provided by the U.S. Border Patrol. AP hide caption

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A little girl and her baby brother were taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents this week after they were discovered abandoned along the U.S.-Mexico border. U.S. Border Patrol hide caption

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A Border Patrol agent operating a camera pointed at a section of the barrier just west of El Paso, Texas, spotted the two young girls, ages 3 and 5, as they were dropped from the top of the 14-foot wall. U.S. Customs and Border Protection hide caption

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