Chilean police clash with anti-government demonstrators during a protest in Santiago, Chile, Nov. 12, 2019. Santiago is one of a dozen cities worldwide to see mass unrest in recent months. AP Photo/Esteban Felix

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People rally outside the Supreme Court as oral arguments are heard in the DACA case on Nov. 12. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

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