Vic Hinterlang Photojournalist

12/4/2022 12:55:09 PM

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A group of young unaccompanied Central Americans wait for a raft to pick them up and return them to Mexico from the Rio Grande River after being discovered attempting to enter the United States illegally by the Border Patrol. There was a marked increase in the number of unaccompanied Central American juveniles attempting to enter the U.S. illegally over the summer.

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A young, unaccompanied Central American climbs onto a raft to return to the Mexican side of the Rio Grande River after being discovered attempting to enter the United States illegally by the Border Patrol.

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A group of young, unaccompanied Central Americans return to the Mexican side of the Rio Grande River after being discovered attempting to enter the United States illegally by the Border Patrol.

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A group of young, unaccompanied Central Americans return to the Mexican side of the Rio Grande River after being discovered attempting to enter the United States illegally by the Border Patrol.

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A young Central American swims back to the Mexican side of the Rio Grande River while checking his cell phone after being discovered by the Border Patrol attempting to enter the United States illegally.

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Young Central Americans climb out of the Rio Grande River after swimming back to Mexico after being discovered by the Border Patrol attempting to enter the United States illegally.

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Young Central Americans stranded in the Rio Grande River after being discovered by the Border Patrol attempting to enter the United States illegally walk along the shoreline after swimming back to Mexico.

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Two Border Patrol agents check for tracks of illegal aliens near the the Rio Grande River. This activity, known as "cutting for sign", is integral to the pursuit of aliens and consumes a large part of agents' time.

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A Border Patrol agent takes a 14 year old Honduran boy into custody after apprehending him on the banks of the Rio Grande River attempting to enter the United States illegally.

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A Border Patrol agent searches a 14 year old Honduran boy he apprehended on the banks of the Rio Grande River attempting to enter the United States illegally.

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Border Patrol agents on river patrol boats monitor the Rio Grande River for illegal aliens crossing into the U.S.

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A Border Patrol agent pilots a river patrol boat and monitors the Rio Grande River for illegal aliens crossing into the U.S.

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Two Border Patrol agents accompanied by a tracking dog search for illegal aliens who have recently come ashore near the Rio Grande River.

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A Border Patrol helicopter flies over a Border Patrol agent taking an illegal Mexican alien who has recently come ashore into custody near the Rio Grande River. The Border Patrol has an air wing in addition to ground and maritime units.

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A Border Patrol agent accompanied by his tracking dog takes an illegal Mexican alien who has recently come ashore into custody near the Rio Grande River.

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A Border Patrol agent accompanied by his tracking dog transfers an illegal Mexican alien who has recently come ashore to another agent near the Rio Grande River.