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Families Divided

How one migrant family got caught between smugglers, the cartel and Trump's zero-tolerance policy

Carlos left Honduras with 6-year-old Heyli and a dream of lifting his family out of poverty, only to be caught in the web of a billion-dollar smuggling industry, then separated from his daughter for months. "Right now, the money's in the people," one smuggler says.

Heyli and her dad Carlos in their apartment in Los Angeles, California.

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 tips@texastribune.org.

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