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Chaos at Port Isabel: Kids held overnight and parents in limbo

The government’s primary “reunification and removal” site also went on lockdown for several hours Sunday after losing track of a male migrant, according to two lawyers and a Salvadoran woman released from the facility Monday.

The main entrance to the Port Isabel Detention Center on Sunday, June 24, 2018. Port Isabel is about 20 miles northwest of Brownsville.

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