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Government officials say tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors have crossed over the U.S.-Mexico border from Central American since 2014. The D.C. region's strong Central American community grew by at least 7,000 children last year and this year, and experts estimate that the metro D.C. region will absorb between 2,000 to 4,000 more, stretching local resources.

Immigration reporter Armando Trull explored the roots of the crisis in his series Voices From El Salvador.

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Newly Minted American Citizens Become Virginia Voters Just In Time For Election

Forty-two people became U.S. citizens on Monday during a ceremony at Roosevelt Island – just in time for the last day Virginia residents can register to vote.

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Traveling Exhibit In D.C. Through Sunday Puts You In The Shoes Of Refugees

Imagine having to flee your home. You’ve got a few minutes to grab some of your belongings, and then you have to leave. That’s the premise of a new traveling exhibit entitled “Forced From Home” by Doctors Without Borders. 

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Residents Identify A Few Pain Points In Washington's Most Diverse Areas

The Washington region is one of the most diverse areas in the country, and a new report finds that while there is little overt prejudice in mixed neighborhoods, there are still some pressure points between different groups.

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Washington's Latino Children Fare Better Than Peers Nationwide, Says Report

Latino children living in Maryland, Virginia and the District are doing better on some socioeconomic indicators when compared to most of their peers nationally, according to a study by the National Council of La Raza, the largest Hispanic advocacy group in the United States.

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Renewed Surge Of Central American Migrants Heads For Places Like D.C.

After a dip in 2015, the number of undocumented immigrants apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border is surging. A Gaithersburg teenager who dodged apprehension in 2014 reflects on what drove her to flee El Salvador, and a man who helps migrants at the Guatemala-Mexico border says the crisis shows no sign of abating.

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Pleas For Asylum Enter A System That Can't Outpace Deadly Consequences

From Langley Park to rural El Salvador, the story of a legal immigrant's family illustrates how difficult it is for U.S. policies to adjust to rapid developments in Central American nations beset by violence.

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LISTEN: Arlington County Superintendent Says His Focus Is On Equity

Superintendent Patrick Murphy talks to Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey about the biggest challenges and opportunities for the new school year.

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Fears, Questions — And Now A Lawsuit — From Tenants At Silver Spring Apartments

Tenants affected by a deadly natural gas explosion at the Flower Branch apartments in Silver Spring are filing a lawsuit against the management of the complex and seeking assurances that the remaining buildings are safe.

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Trump's Promised Crackdown On Sanctuary Cities Would Hit D.C. Region

There's no textbook definition of a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants, but localities such as Arlington, Montgomery and Prince George's counties as well as the District would potentially face sanctions if Donald Trump wins the presidency.

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Bigger Money, Wider Focus For Program That Supports Region's Latino Nonprofits

A D.C. youth soccer team, an Arlington robotics program and several other Washington-area groups are benefiting from the Inter-American Development Bank's decision to consolidate its grant money for local Latino and Caribbean nonprofits.