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Families Divided

Salvadoran mom gets her daughter back after almost two months apart

A Salvadoran mother and her 16-year-old daughter — separated by U.S. authorities in mid-May — were finally reunited in Corpus Christi Friday. Tears dissolved into smiles as the two walked out of the Bokenkamp Children's Shelter.

Mercedes (right), a Salvadoran asylum seeker, is reunited with her daughter, Maria, in Corpus Christi on July 13, 2018. The two were separated by U.S. authorities after crossing the Texas-Mexico border in mid-May.

Families Divided

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