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U.S. immigration enforcement in McAllen, Texas

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

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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Immigrants who’ve been released from detention until their court hearings can get food, clothing and a place to rest at the Humanitarian Respite Center at the Sacred Heart Church in McAllen before getting onto buses to continue their journeys. 

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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After crossing the Rio Grande River at night with the help of smugglers, a group is detained.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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Guatemalans Hector, 29, and his son Ricardo, 10, rest at Sacred Heart Church before catching a 1 a.m. bus to Los Angeles, where they aim to stay. Hector is wearing a leg bracelet to track his movements and ensure he makes his court hearings in months to come. 

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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As part of the catch and release of immigrants, adults are fitted with a tracking cuff to ensure they show up for their immigration hearings.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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Newly arrived immigrants line up at the Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, Texas, before going a Greyhound station to board buses to their final destinations around the country. 

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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At Sacred Heart Church, Sister Norma Pimentel, right, helps Jorge Anthua, 8, and his mother, who crossed the border after traveling from Guatemala.  

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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Samuel Rodas, 13, puts on clean clothes after his first shower in 10 days. He arrived in the U.S. illegally with his father, Miguel Rodas, a 42-year-old policeman who fled his town in central El Salvador after gang members threatened to kill him. Samuel hopes to attend school in the U.S. 

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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Miguel Rodas, center, and his son Samuel listen to information about future court hearings. Faviola, left, holds 2-month-old Kimberly and Genesis, 3. Faviola and her daughters, from Guatemala, are going to Kansas, where her husband has been living for a year. 

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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At the Greyhound bus station in Mc Allen, Texas, newly arrived families from Central America board buses for destinations across the U.S. 

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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Immigrants receive aid at Sacred Heart Church’s center in McAllen, Texas.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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After crossing the Rio Grande River, a group from Central America is detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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