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In photos: Central American immigrants await asylum in the United States

Fleeing violence and poverty, immigrants from Central America's Northern Triangle - El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras - continue to arrive in the U.S. by the thousands. First, they are processed by Border Patrol. Within 72 hours they are handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement or the Department of Health. Some are detained but all are put in deportation proceedings. Those who are released to await the outcome of their cases continue their journey in the U.S. Recent changes allow immigrants to avoid risking their lives on the journey north and to instead submit asylum requests from their home countries.
Por: Univision
Publicado: 04 Sep | 10:13 PM EDT
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Brian Alexander, a 7-year-old from Honduras, waits for a bus with his father after being processed by Border Patrol. According to the federal agency, between October and November 2015 about 5,000 unaccompanied minors and a similar number of families (parents or adults accompanying a child) were detained. That's almost twice as many detentions as in 2014. Foto: John Moore/Getty Images | Univision
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Salvadoran immigrants line up for buses to take them from McAllen, Texas, to other destinations within the United States. Vice President Joe Biden recently defended changes in U.S. policy to facilitate asylum requests made by Central Americans from their home countries. Foto: John Moore/Getty Images | Univision
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Lone Monserrat, born 7 months ago in Honduras, waits with his father in an immigrant assistance center in McAllen, Texas. Central American immigrants and asylum seekers who entered the country after January 1, 2014, are deportation priorities under the Obama administration's latest policy. Foto: John Moore/Getty Images | Univision
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The Obama administration has deported more than 2.7 million undocumented immigrants since January 2009. In this August 15 photo, a Salvadoran family gets directions at an immigrant assistance center run by the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart, in McAllen, Texas. Foto: John Moore/Getty Images | Univision
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A group of immigrants from Central America line up to catch a bus after being processed by Border Patrol in McAllen, Texas. When they are released, they receive a summons to appear before a judge who will decide their future in the United States. Foto: John Moore/Getty Images | Univision
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The Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart center for immigrants collects clothing donations to provide to children and families. Foto: John Moore/Getty Images | Univision
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A Honduran mother and son wait to take a bus from McAllen, Texas to Florida. Immigrant rights advocates have been critical of the Obama administration's deportation tactics that target Central American refugees. Foto: John Moore/Getty Images | Univision
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Thousands of children are part of the wave of Central American immigrants processed by Border Patrol who are now awaiting trial for asylum. However, few minors are able to get lawyers when they go to court. Foto: John Moore/Getty Images | Univision
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Immigration is a critical issue in the U.S. presidential race. While Republican candidate Donald Trump vows to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, Democrat Hillary Clinton hopes to pass immigration reform. Foto: John Moore/Getty Images | Univision
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Inmigrantes A pregnant undocumented immigrant from Central America prepares for her trip, carrying a sign explaining that she doesn't speak English. Foto: John Moore/Getty Images | Univision
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In photos: Central American immigrants await asylum in the United States