Patrolling the border in South Texas
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With the Border Patrol in South Texas

Patrolling the border in South Texas

After crossing the Rio Grande River at night with the help of smugglers, group of mainly women and children from Central America are detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents before being taken into detention.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Patrolling the border in South Texas

Border Patrol agents patrol the Rio Grande River near the McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Patrolling the border in South Texas

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents Isaac Villegas, right, and Rene Quintanilla, right, walk along the Rio Grande River looking for smugglers across the river who try to bring people from Miguel Aleman, Mexico to Roma, Texas.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Patrolling the border in South Texas

At sunrise at the McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge, border patrol agents detain two illegal immigrants who tried to enter the U.S. but turned back towards Mexico after realizing they were not going to make it.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Patrolling the border in South Texas

A pair of pants abandoned at the U.S. side of the U.S.-Mexico border in an area where many immigrants cross illegally in McAllen, Texas.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Patrolling the border in South Texas

Santo Isido Villegas Gizman, age 38, a farmworker from El Salvador, holds his son Jefferson, 3, after being stopped by U.S. Border Patrol agents near Mc Allen, Texas.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Patrolling the border in South Texas

People cross the McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge between the U.S. and Mexico.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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