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Caption: The international border fence snakes along hills in this mid-July view from east of Nogales, Ariz. Nogales in Sonora, Mexico, is more densely populated than its U.S. sister city. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)
The international border fence snakes along hills in this mid-July view from east of Nogales, Ariz. Nogales in Sonora, Mexico, is more densely populated than its U.S. sister city. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)
Along the border: Agent has keen eye for signs of people on move

By Nancy Wiechec
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NOGALES, Ariz. (CNS) -- A shirtsleeve waved from the top of the border fence like a signal flag.

"Someone came over here recently," said Border Patrol Agent Bryan Flowers pointing to the shirt and rubber-sole skid marks left on the 20-foot-tall rusted steel fence.
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Caption: Pope Francis blesses Mariam Ibrahim of Sudan during a private meeting at the Vatican July 24. The Sudanese woman, who was spared a death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity and then was barred from leaving Sudan, flew into Rome July 24 in an Italian government plane. (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)
Pope Francis blesses Mariam Ibrahim of Sudan during a private meeting at the Vatican July 24. The Sudanese woman, who was spared a death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity and then was barred from leaving Sudan, flew into Rome July 24 in an Italian government plane. (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)
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