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Broken Border

Family separations aren't over. As many as five kids per day are separated from their parents at the border.

More than a year after President Donald Trump ended the policy that led to widespread family separations, migrant advocates say the government continues separating children from parents for questionable reasons.

A migrant holds an infant child inside a holding area under the Paso Del Norte International Bridge to be taken to area processing facilities in El Paso on March 27, 2019. Carlos Antunez, a U.S. Border Patrol spokesman for the El Paso Sector, said they were among the latest group of about 3,000 migrants who presented themselves to border agents along the border fence in the El Paso area. The migrants mostly come from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, he said, adding that local Border Patrol resources are being diverted to dealing the with increase in migrant arrivals in order to provide shelter, food, water and transporting the sick to local health facilities. This has led to the closure of checkpoints along I-10, U.S. 54 and U.S. 62-180 in New Mexico. U.S. Coast Guard emergency medical technicians are also on hand to assist, Antunez said.

Broken Border

A surge of migrants arriving at the Texas-Mexico border has pushed the country's immigration system to the breaking point as new policies aimed at both undocumented immigrants and legal asylum seekers have contributed to a humanitarian crisis. The Texas Tribune is maintaining its in-depth reporting on this national issue.

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