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This Is What Trump's "Humanitarian Crisis" At The Southern Border Really Looks Like

In a nationally televised broadcast on Tuesday, President Trump made his case for ending the government shutdown by describing a “growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border.” These pictures show what the crisis has looked like over the past 30 days.

Posted on January 8, 2019, at 9:35 p.m. ET

A woman holds her baby next to the border wall as she tries to cross illegally, in Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 14.
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A woman holds her baby next to the border wall as she tries to cross illegally, in Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 14.

Members of a Honduran family pose for a picture with a Christmas tree inside their tent at a temporary shelter in downtown Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 18.
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Members of a Honduran family pose for a picture with a Christmas tree inside their tent at a temporary shelter in downtown Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 18.

Members of a Salvadoran family inside their tent in downtown Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 18.
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Members of a Salvadoran family inside their tent in downtown Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 18.

A Guatemalan woman feeds her toddler son at the Holy Cross Retreat Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico, which has become a makeshift shelter for people released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, on Dec. 27.
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A Guatemalan woman feeds her toddler son at the Holy Cross Retreat Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico, which has become a makeshift shelter for people released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, on Dec. 27.

People receive food at a camp housing hundreds of migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 12.
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People receive food at a camp housing hundreds of migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 12.

A Salvadoran man shows his tent in downtown Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 18.
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A Salvadoran man shows his tent in downtown Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 18.

A 5-year-old Honduran girl carries a wet mattress and a guitar as she plays in a migrant camp in Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 8.
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A 5-year-old Honduran girl carries a wet mattress and a guitar as she plays in a migrant camp in Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 8.

A group of men play cards at a temporary shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 19.
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A group of men play cards at a temporary shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 19.

Central Americans hold a demonstration following the death of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal — who died in a Texas hospital two days after being taken into custody by Border Patrol agents in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert — outside a temporary shelter in downtown Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 15.
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Central Americans hold a demonstration following the death of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal — who died in a Texas hospital two days after being taken into custody by Border Patrol agents in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert — outside a temporary shelter in downtown Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 15.

Relatives cry over the coffin of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal during the wake in her home village of Raxruhá, Guatemala, on Dec. 24.
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Relatives cry over the coffin of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal during the wake in her home village of Raxruhá, Guatemala, on Dec. 24.

Demonstrators chant during an “America First” rally at the San Ysidro port of entry in San Ysidro, California, on Dec. 15.
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Demonstrators chant during an “America First” rally at the San Ysidro port of entry in San Ysidro, California, on Dec. 15.

Activists are arrested as they demonstrate against US migration policies near the US–Mexico border fence at Imperial Beach in San Diego, on Dec. 10.
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Activists are arrested as they demonstrate against US migration policies near the US–Mexico border fence at Imperial Beach in San Diego, on Dec. 10.

A Border Patrol agent yells for protestors to back up during a protest against US migration policies on Dec. 10, in San Diego.
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A Border Patrol agent yells for protestors to back up during a protest against US migration policies on Dec. 10, in San Diego.

A group of Central Americans beg a Border Patrol agent to let them cross into the US from Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 15.
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A group of Central Americans beg a Border Patrol agent to let them cross into the US from Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 15.

A Central American girl holds a book as others climb the US–Mexico border fence in an attempt to cross, in Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 12.
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A Central American girl holds a book as others climb the US–Mexico border fence in an attempt to cross, in Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 12.

People from Honduras jump a border fence to cross illegally from Mexico into the US, in Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 27.
Mohammed Salem / Reuters

People from Honduras jump a border fence to cross illegally from Mexico into the US, in Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 27.

A Honduran woman is helped by Mexican first responders after falling from the US border wall and hurting her ankle while trying to cross, in Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 9.
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A Honduran woman is helped by Mexican first responders after falling from the US border wall and hurting her ankle while trying to cross, in Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 9.

People are taken into custody after turning themselves in to US Border Patrol agents after they crossed into San Diego from Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 11.
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People are taken into custody after turning themselves in to US Border Patrol agents after they crossed into San Diego from Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 11.

A Central American man jumps over the US–Mexico border fence between Tijuana and San Diego on Jan. 1.
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A Central American man jumps over the US–Mexico border fence between Tijuana and San Diego on Jan. 1.

A boy runs toward the sea by the US border fence separating San Diego from Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 23.
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A boy runs toward the sea by the US border fence separating San Diego from Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 23.


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