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Families Divided

Trump officials want to give migrant families two options: Stay detained together or agree to separation

U.S. Department of Justice lawyers are seeking permission from a federal judge to offer separated immigrant families two options: remain together in family detention centers, or release kids while parents stay detained.

By Claire Parker, The Texas Tribune, and Neena Satija, The Texas Tribune and Reveal
About 25 immigrant mothers and their children caught coming across the Texas-Mexico border are released at the McAllen bus station wearing ankle monitors, on June 22, 2018.

Families Divided

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