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The faces of the immigration issue | Scenes along the border

The faces of the immigration issue | Scenes along the border
Lirio Funes, 20, holds onto her daughter, Melissa Funes, 2, just after being detained by local officials after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

The immigration issue has taken center stage in America, and the Texas border has become ground zero.

The issue of families being separated as immigrants who have crossed the border illegally are taken into custody and their children are sent to separate detention facilities has drawn global outrage.

President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to end the 6-week-old “zero tolerance” practice, but the issue of reuniting immigrant families who already have been split up remains unresolved.

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrive to detain a group of Central American asylum seekers near the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas. (John Moore / Getty Images)
A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas. (John Moore / Getty Images)
(John Moore / Getty Images)

Left, Border Patrol agents detain a group of Central American asylum-seekers near the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas. Right, a two-year-old Honduran girl cries as her mother is searched in McAllen.

A Central American immigrant stands at the U.S.-Mexico border fence after crossing into Texas near Mission. (John Moore / Getty Images)

Central American asylum seekers wait as U.S. Border Patrol agents take them into custody near McAllen, Texas. (John Moore / Getty Images)
A boy and father from Honduras are taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents near the U.S.- Mexico Border near Mission, Texas. (John Moore / Getty Images)
Border Patrol agents ask a group of Central American asylum seekers to remove hair bands and weddding rings before taking them into custody. (John Moore / Getty Images)
Central American asylum seekers wait as U.S. Border Patrol agents take them into custody near McAllen, Texas. (John Moore / Getty Images)
(John Moore / Getty Images)

Clockwise from top left, Central American asylum-seekers wait to be taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents near McAllen, Texas. A boy and his father from Honduras are taken into custody near the U.S.-Mexico Border in Mission, Texas. U.S. Border Patrol authorities execute the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy toward immigrants entering the country illegally. Federal agents ask a group of Central Americans to remove hair bands and wedding rings before taking them into custody.

Border Patrol agent Robert Rodriguez walks with a man caught near Mc Allen, Texas, who was caught entering the country illegally. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
A young boy is detained along with his family members. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
A group of migrants who had just crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally walk along a road headed north near Mc Allen, Texas. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Hayti Alvarado, 26, holds her son Esteban Alvarado, 3, as her daughter Gabriella Alvarado, 11, cries in fear after being detained near the Rio Grande River. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Top, a young boy is detained along with his family members. Left, a group of migrants who had just crossed the U.S.-Mexico border walk along a road headed north near McAllen, Texas, where local authorities wait. Right, Hayti Alvarado, 26, holds her son, Esteban Alvarado, 3, as her daughter, Gabriella Alvarado, 11, cries after being detained near the Rio Grande River.

Border Patrol agents watch over a group of immigrants after chasing them through a cane field near the U.S.-Mexico border near Mission, Texas. (John Moore / Getty Images)
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