The Most Haunting Images from the Migrant Crisis at the U.S.-Mexico Border — and How You Can Help

Under mounting pressure, President Donald Trump signed an executive order reversing the practice of separating immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday

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President Trump's "Zero Tolerance" Mexico Border Policy Stirs Controversy And Confusion
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A mother named Karla walks across the Paso Del Norte port of entry — where Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, meet — with her children to ask for asylum on June 20. In a story on Wednesday, it was revealed many babies and young toddlers are being placed in specific "tender care" facilities after being separated from their parents.

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McAllen processing center for people crossing the US border., USA - 18 Jun 2018
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Children sleep on mats underneath thermal blankets at a Border Patrol Processing Center in McAllen, Texas.

As news spread over the weekend about President Trump’s family-separation policy, and the ways in which it is tearing apart families at the Mexico-U.S. border, images of Ivanka's $5,000 Carolina Herrera gown (worn to a January 2017 event) began circulating on social media — with many pointing out how similar it looked to the thermal blankets.

“Who wore it better: Children detained in McAllen, Texas or Ivanka Trump,” one user wrote, posting side-by-side photos of the items in question. The image quickly became a meme, with other users posting their own versions of the image along with scathing commentary.

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Migrant children's detention center in Homestead, Florida, where congress have been denied entry to check on kids' safety.
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Teens walk on the grounds of a detention center for migrant children in Homestead, Florida. Nearly 1,000 children ages 13 to 17 are housed there, 10 percent of whom were separated from their parents at the border. Florida Senator Bill Nelson and Representative Debbie Wasserman-Schultz were denied entry to check on the welfare and safety of youngsters there on June 19.

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McAllen processing center for people crossing the US border., USA - 18 Jun 2018

An undated photo gives a glimpse inside the U.S. Border Patrol Processing Center in McAllen, Texas. When asked during a June 18 press conference if she'd seen photos of children in "cages" at various detention centers in border cities, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said, "I have — I have not seen something that came out today but I have been to detention centers and, again, I would reference you to our standards and I would reference you to the care provided not just by the Department of Homeland Security, but by the Department of Health and Human Services when they get to H.H.S."

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President Trump's "Zero Tolerance" Mexico Border Policy Stirs Controversy And Confusion
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A woman named Angelica waits at the top of the Paso Del Norte port of entry on on June 20 to hear if she will have an opportunity to ask for asylum for herself and her daughter.

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McAllen processing center for people crossing the US border., USA - 18 Jun 2018
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Children fall in line inside the McAllen processing center. On June 20, President Donald Trump signed an executive order reversing his administration’s policy of separating children from their parents when they illegally cross at the border, promising to keep a "very powerful border." However, the road to reunion for many of these now-separated families will be long and difficult.

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Migrants Caravan, Tijuana, Mexico - 01 May 2018
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A young child waits in Tijuana, Mexico, outside of the port of entry building, where the migrant group set up camp to wait for access to request asylum. For information on how to help defend the legal rights of detained immigrants, check out The Florence Project.

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Immigration Asylum, Tijuana, Mexico - 13 Jun 2018
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Nicole Hernandez clutches her mother's leg while waiting in line to request political asylum in the United States. The family, who is from Guerrero, Mexico, has been waiting for about a week in Tijuana to cross the border. The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) serves immigrants and refugees in our community by providing immigration-related legal services, advocacy and opportunities for educational and social support. Find out how to help here.

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Migrants Caravan, Tijuana, Mexico - 29 Apr 2018
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A Central American family traveling with a caravan of migrants prepares to cross the border and apply for asylum in the United States — only to have U.S. immigration officials announce that the San Diego crossing was already at capacity. To support asylum-seeking refugee families, go to Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project for information, ways to donate and how to volunteer.

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Migrant Caravan Traveling Through Mexico Nears U.S.
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A young boy waits in line with hundreds of other migrants outside a soup kitchen within days of reaching the Mexican-U.S. border. Hoping for safety in numbers, hundreds of immigrants travel together on the dangerous journey. The group received help from a number of different organizations. To help children in danger, donate to The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights here.

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Concern Looms In Border City Of Tijuana Over President Trump's Border Wall And Immigration Policies
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A young girl peeks out from the back of a truck as she rides through a march for peace in Tijuana, Mexico. Many immigrants are crossing the border to avoid violence and poverty in their home countries.

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Border Patrol Agents Detain Migrants Near US-Mexico Border
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A 2-year-old girl watches through tears as her mother is searched and detained. The Honduran family seeks asylum after rafting from Mexico across the Rio Grande (read their story here). According to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, "private violence," like gang violence and domestic violence, will no longer qualify them for political asylum status. Here's how to contact your local representivies to let your voice be heard: Your U.S. representative's contact information can be found here, and your U.S. senator's information can be found here.

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Border Patrol Agents Detain Migrants Near US-Mexico Border
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A young girl looks at the police officer and U.S. Border Patrol Agent who are keeping a close eye on the group of asylum seekers. The group will be taken into custody and then sent to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing center where the children might be seperated from their parents. To support children's rights and ensure that no child goes to immigration court alone without proper representation, learn more at Kids in Need of Defense.

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