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In this July 14, 2013 photo, Agustin Mendez, right, raises a chalice on the San Diego-side of the fence during a cross-border Sunday religious service. As federal lawmakers thousands of miles away consider further sealing the border, many here on the ground are trying to blur the line and unite a region that was split apart by the security crackdown since the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Under the watch of a Border Patrol agent, U.S. and Mexican pastors set up two small altars — one on each side of a towering border fence — for their Sunday service that spans two countries.

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