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Families Divided

Detained migrant parents have to pay to call their family members. Some can't afford to.

Detainees trying to contact their family members are stymied by long wait times, confusing instructions, dropped calls and sometimes per-minute phone charges that critics say are exorbitant.

Children at the tent city erected in Tornillo make phone calls while supervised by a staff member. The faces are blurred in the government issued photograph.

Families Divided

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