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Crisis on the border

Updated 5:20 PM ET, Wed August 6, 2014
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday, July 21, that he will deploy up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America have crossed into the United States this year. Perry also wants President Obama and Congress to hire an additional 3,000 border patrol agents to eventually replace the temporary guard forces. "I will not stand idly by," Perry said. "The price of inaction is too high." Eric Gay/AP Photo
Activists from the group United We Dream stage a mock funeral service for the Republican Party during a protest in Washington on July 21. They staged the funeral, they said, because "the GOP has embraced radical right-wing policies and has actively called for the separation of families and the deportation of Dreamers." Alex Wong/Getty Images
In this handout released by the Honduran government on Friday, July 18, a woman and her son walk on the tarmac after landing at Ramon Villeda Morales International Airport in Honduras. They were among the first group of Central Americans sent home under stepped-up U.S. efforts to crack down on illegal immigration. Handout/REUTERS/LANDOV
Some immigrants caught crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas, where they were processed on Tuesday, July 15. The detainees were both men and women, young and old. Rick Loomis-Pool/Getty Images
Central American migrants climb on a northbound train during their journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border in Ixtepec, Mexico, on Saturday, July 12. Eduardo Verdugo/AP Photo
Relatives carry the coffin of Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez, an 11-year-old Guatemalan boy whose decomposed body was found in Texas' Rio Grande Valley in June. The undocumented immigrant, who authorities believe may have died from heat stroke, was identified by a phone number on his belt buckle. A series of calls led to Gilberto's father, who described the clothes the boy was wearing. Moises Castillo/AP Photo
President Obama delivers a statement in Dallas after meeting with local elected officials and faith leaders on Wednesday, July 9. Obama requested $3.7 billion in emergency funding from Congress to help cope with the surge of unaccompanied child immigrants. JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators from opposing sides of the immigration issue confront each other outside a U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, California, on Friday, July 4. Some activists are demanding immediate deportation. Others say the migrants are only fleeing violence at home. Mark J. Terrill/AP Photo
In this photo taken Thursday, July 3, Honduran mothers and their children prepare to get into a U.S. Customs and Border Protection truck after crossing the Rio Grande near McAllen, Texas. About 90 Hondurans a day cross there illegally, according to the Honduran Consulate. Rodolfo Gonzalez/Austin American-Statesman/AP Photo
People in Murrieta attend a town hall meeting on Wednesday, July 2, to discuss the processing of undocumented immigrants. SAM HODGSON/Reuters/LANDOV
A steel border fence separates Nogales, Arizona, from its sister city in Sonora, Mexico. Nogales is Arizona's largest international border town and an entry point for goods and people from Mexico. NANCY WIECHEC/Reuters/LANDOV
Cindy Jimenez, of Olancho, Honduras, wipes away tears at the bus station after she was released from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in McAllen on Friday, June 20. Jimenez crossed illegally at zone nine, one of the busiest corridors on the U.S.-Mexico border for illegal crossings. Eric Gay/AP Photos
Officers in Nogales wait for new arrivals in the area where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children were being processed and held on Wednesday, June 18. Ross D. Franklin/AP Photos
Detainees sleep in a holding cell June 18 at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville, Texas. Eric Gay/AP Photos