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Families Divided

Record number of families crossing U.S. border as Trump threatens new crackdown

More than 16,000 family members were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border in September, the highest number ever and an 80 percent increase from July, according to federal statistics obtained by The Washington Post

By Nick Miroff and Josh Dawsey, The Washington Post
Aerial view of the tent city at the Marcelino Serna Port of Entry in Tornillo on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. The shelter opened in June and has grown approximately 10 times in size, compared to file photos. Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune

Families Divided

The Trump administration's “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which led to the separation of children from adults who crossed the border illegally, has fueled a national outcry. Sign up for our ongoing coverage. Send story ideas to

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