7 Glimpses of Immigration Conflict in the U.S.

With immigration reform being put off until next year at the earliest, and with somewhere between 60,000 and 74,000 unaccompanied minors crossing the border illegally this year, America is divided over the humanitarian crisis taking place and the need for economic stability within the U.S. Protests have broken out at the border and in Washington D.C., with activists on both sides of the issue up in arms. Meanwhile, detainees are being held, processed, tried, and sent back to their native country, leaving the U.S. immigration system heavily strained and shorthanded, with Washington sending additional resources.

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Independence Day — Murrieta, California

Opposing protestors see disagreement as they await the buses of women and children who are traveling into their state for processing at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station.

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Alex Ferguson protests near the Murrieta Border Patrol Station

The Station is aiding in processing the influx of children placing demands on the system, with many flown and bussed from Texas institutions, which are already overtaxed. One hundred forty immigrants were prevented from reaching the facility by protestors in the week of July 4.

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A protestor is arrested

Five arrests in total were made outside the Murrieta Station.

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Out front of the White House

Protestors from the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), the National People’s Action, and the National Day Labor Organization Network (NDLON) appeal for an end to the strict deportation practice taking place under the Obama administration.

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Appeals in Washington

Appeals in Washington demand a humanitarian viewpoint while officials struggle with controlling the borders sans legislation.

ICE Holds Immigrants At Adelanto Detention Facility

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Adelanto Detention Facility

A group of immigrants held in Adelanto Detention Facility, California, hold prayer group. The facility held an average of 1,100 immigrants as of 2013.

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Adelanto Detention Facility

A detainee at the Adelanto Detention Facility, California feeds his young daughter.

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