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Families Divided

Critics say new barriers on border bridge are meant to deter asylum-seekers

Agents on the McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge now occupy a large physical barrier at the bridge's halfway point to manage the "influx of Central Americans seeking asylum."

Immigration attorney Jodi Goodwin, center, talks to Nicaraguan asylum seekers while they wait for CBP agents to bring a wheelchair for one of them, on the U.S. side of the international bridge in Hidalgo on Sept. 15, 2018.

Families Divided

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