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Undocumented Immigrants at the Texas Border

U.S. law enforcement tries to cope with an influx of unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in Latin America.

July 25, 2014

Thousands of undocumented immigrants have been flooding into Texas from Mexico and Central America over the decades, but a recent flare-up of violence has sent the numbers soaring. Unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras have increasingly become a problem, filling U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing centers. 

A U.S. Office of Air and Marine helicopter patrols above the Rio Grande River on July 25, 2014 near Mission, Texas.(John Moore/Getty Images)

U.S. Border Patrol agents escort undocumented immigrants after taking them into custody on July 22, 2014 near Falfurrias, Texas.(John Moore/Getty Images)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detain undocumented immigrants in dense brush some 60 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border in Brooks County on July 23, 2014 near Falfurrias, Texas.(John Moore/Getty Images)

 

Undocumented immigrants are transported to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing center after being detained on July 22, 2014 near Falfurrias, Texas.(John Moore/Getty Images)

A suspected smuggler brings undocumented Salvadorian immigrants, most of them minors, across the Rio Grande from Mexico into the United States on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas.(John Moore/Getty Images)

A U.S. Border Patrol agent assists an unaccompanied minor, 13, from El Salvador after he crossed the Rio Grande into the United States on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas.(John Moore/Getty Images)

 

A U.S. Border Patrol agent assists undocumented minors after they crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico into the United States on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas.(John Moore/Getty Images)

Immigrant Melida Patricio Castro from Honduras shows a birth certificate for her daughter Maria Celeste, 2, to a U.S. Border Patrol agent near the U.S.-Mexico border on July 24, 2014 near Mission, Texas.(John Moore/Getty Images)

Honduran undocumented immigrant Laura Fabio, 2, waits for her mother after they crossed the Rio Grande illegally into the United States on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas. Like most of the recent surge of Central American immigrant women and children, they brought documents, often birth certificates, to prove their nationality to U.S. Border officials.(John Moore/Getty Images)

 
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