Vic Hinterlang Photojournalist

12/4/2022 2:12:09 PM

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A Texas Department of Public Safety officer working with the Border Patrol takes three young Central Americans into custody for illegally entering the United States by crossing the Rio Grande River. Young Central Americans, most fleeing gang violence and poverty, continue to illegally enter the U.S. at near record levels.

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Border Patrol officers take young Central Americans into custody for illegally entering the United States by crossing the Rio Grande River in deep south Texas.

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A Border Patrol officer takes four young Central Americans into custody for illegally entering the United States by crossing the Rio Grande River in deep south Texas.

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Young Central Americans taken into custody for illegally entering the United States by crossing the Rio Grande River in deep south Texas empty their pockets as Border Patrol agents document their belongings.

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Young Central Americans taken into custody for illegally entering the United States by crossing the Rio Grande River in deep south Texas place their belongings in plastic baggies as Border Patrol agents document their belongings.

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A member of a group of young Central Americans taken into custody for illegally entering the United States by crossing the Rio Grande River in deep south Texas removes his belt as part of the process of being taken into custody by Border Patrol agents.

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A female Border Patrol agent speaks with a young Salvadoran woman being taken into custody for illegally entering the United States by crossing the Rio Grande River in deep south Texas.

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A female Border Patrol agent searches a young Salvadoran woman being taken into custody for illegally entering the United States by crossing the Rio Grande River in deep south Texas.

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A young Salvadoran woman being taken into custody for illegally entering the United States by crossing the Rio Grande River in deep south Texas eats a candy bar given to her by a Border Patrol agent.

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A Border Patrol agent talks to a family from El Salvador detained in the Roma city cemetery for illegally entering the United States by crossing the Rio Grande River.

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The father of a family from El Salvador detained at the Roma city cemetery by the Border Patrol for illegally entering the United States by crossing the Rio Grande River applies lip balm to his son while waiting to be taken into custody.

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Border Patrol agents take a family from El Salvador into custody at the Roma city cemetery for illegally entering the United States by crossing the Rio Grande River. The family, from San Vicente, was fleeing gang violence, which is rampant in El Salvador.

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A Border Patrol agent searches for illegal aliens along the banks of the Rio Grande River in the Rio Grande Valley in far south Texas. A continuous game of cat and mouse plays out along the river twenty four hours a day.

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A Mexican man who illegally entered the U.S. by crossing the Rio Grande River in the Rio Grande Valley in far south Texas climbs out of his hiding place on the river after being discovered by a Border Patrol agent.

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A Border Patrol agent takes a Mexican man who illegally entered the U.S. by crossing the Rio Grande River in the Rio Grande Valley in far south Texas into custody.

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A Border Patrol agent takes a Mexican man who illegally entered the U.S. by crossing the Rio Grande River in the Rio Grande Valley in far south Texas into custody.

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A Border Patrol agent searches a Mexican man while taking him into custody.

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A Border Patrol agent collects belongings from a Mexican man while taking him into custody.

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A Mexican man taken into custody for illegally entering the United States sits in the caged rear seat of a Border Patrol truck.