Families Divided

President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy drew sharp rebukes after it was announced in April 2018 — especially after children who had been separated from their parents started being placed in a tent city in Tornillo. Trump signed an executive order June 20 that would keep immigrant families together, but it's unclear how — or if — families that have already been separated will be reunited. With support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, The Texas Tribune has been reporting on the issue from the Texas-Mexico border, Washington, D.C., and Austin. You can help by sending story tips to tips@texastribune.org.

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Trump administration reunites "eligible" immigrant children under 5, but lawyers complain about blunders

In one case, lawyers say, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers left a woman alone at a bus stop with her young kids and no bus ticket. In another, ICE officers were unable to affix a mother with an ankle monitor, so they sent her back to detention without her children.

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In McAllen, immigration isn’t a problem — it’s a way of life

The Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy is seen as unwanted and unfair in the border city of 142,000 that's home to the massive U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility where families crossing the border illegally have been separated.

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The Trump administration is not keeping its promises to asylum seekers who come to ports of entry

As the humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border comes more into focus, Trump administration officials insist that there is a "right way" for families fleeing persecution to seek asylum in the United States: Come to an official port of entry. But such families are still finding themselves in a lot of trouble.

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