From the ongoing government shutdown to the border wall at center of the debate, these are the most striking and memorable images from this past week.
Gabriel H. Sanchez
Posted on January 11, 2019, at 4:57 p.m. ET
Maria, a two year old girl from Guatemala, is held by her mother Jessica after illegally crossing the Rio Grande river into the US from Mexico, in Penitas, Texas, on Jan. 9.
President Donald Trump speaks from the Oval Office of the White House as he gives a prime-time address about border security on Jan. 8, in Washington, DC.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer deliver a televised response to President Donald Trump's national address about border security at the US Capitol on Jan. 8, in Washington, DC.
Government workers protest the government shutdown during a demonstration in the Federal Building Plaza on Jan. 10, in Chicago, Illinois.
Supporters of President Donald Trump gather outside the McAllen International Airport for Trump's visit to the southern border on Jan. 10, in McAllen, Texas.
Groups opposed to border wall being built along the Texas-Mexico border gather outside the McAllen International Airport as they wait for the arrival of President Donald Trump to arrive in McAllen, Texas, on Jan. 10.
Juan David Ortiz appears at the 406 District Court for his arraignment on Jan. 10, at the Webb County Justice Center in Laredo, Texas. Ortiz, a US Border Patrol agent in Texas, has pleaded not guilty to capital murder and other charges in the Sept. 2018 killings of four women who prosecutors say were sex workers.
Representative Ilhan Omar places her hand upon a Koran for a ceremonial swearing-in picture on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on Jan. 3.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi celebrates with the House Democratic women after a group photograph was taken on the second day of the new 116th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on Jan. 4.
Saudi teen Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun is greeted by Thai immigration authorities after declaring asylum at a hotel inside Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, on Jan. 7.
A live demonstration uses artificial intelligence and facial recognition in dense crowd spatial-temporal technology at the Horizon Robotics exhibit during the CES 2019 convention in Las Vegas on Jan. 10.
A demonstrator stands on a burning barricade in Paris, during an anti-government demonstration on on Jan. 5.
A woman walks among debris after a fire broke overnight in Mogadishu's biggest market, the Bakara Market, on Jan. 11.
A dismantled sign leans outside a Sears department store the day after it closed as part of multiple store closures by Sears Holdings Corp in the United States, in Nanuet, New York, on Jan. 7.
In this Jan. 8 photo, inmate Jonathan Ladson cuddles with a chocolate lab puppy at the Merrimack County Jail in Boscawen, New Hampshire. The New Hampshire jail is the first in the state to partner prisoners with the "Hero Pups" program to foster and train puppies with the goal of placing them with military veterans and first responders in need of support dogs.
From left to right, Mark Ronson, Lady Gaga, Andrew Wyatt and Anthony Rossomando pose in the press room at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 6, in Los Angeles.
Followers of the Nazareth Baptist Church climb the Nhlangakazi Holy Mountain in Ndwedwe, South Africa, on Jan. 5. The devotees climb the mountain barefoot as part of their annual pilgrimage.
In this photo taken on Jan. 4, Bangladeshi conjoined twin girls Rabeya and Rukaiya walk with their father Rafiqul Islam at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital in Dhaka. The two-year-old twins who are joined at the head flew to Hungary for treatment early January 5, and are expected to be separated in a series of surgeries to take place in Dhaka after they return.
A devotee has her hair cut by a female Buddhist monk during a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony at the Songdhammakalyani monastery in Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand, in this picture released on Jan. 4.
Japanese hairdresser Megumi Takeichi cuts patterns into the hair of a camel ahead of the Bikaner Camel Festival in Bikaner, India, on Jan. 10.
Dancers get ready backstage before a performance of masked theatre known as "Khon," at the Thailand Cultural Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, on Nov. 7.
Fireworks explode over illuminated ice sculptures during the opening day of 35th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival on Jan. 5, in Harbin, China.
Gabriel H. Sanchez is the photo essay editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York City.
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