The voices of children separated at the border

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, June 19, 2018
  • Over 2,300 children have been separated from their families.

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    In April 2018, the Trump administration and Attorney General Jeff Sessions instituted a “zero tolerance” policy on undocumented immigration. Undocumented migrants and asylum seekers detained at the border now face immediate criminal prosecution, often before their asylum claims can even be processed. Thousands of children and other migrants are now being held in detention centers operated by US Customs and Border Protection, where they await trial.

    A backlash against this policy is growing, with conservatives and liberals alike decrying it as cruel and inhumane. Both the White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Sessions have explicitly cited the policy as a preemptive deterrent to undocumented migration, though the administration has since backtracked on that message.

    We want to help shed light on this. Has your family been separated at the US–Mexico border? Are you a worker at a detention center, or do you aid families who have been affected? Tell us more at or 347-244-2134.

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  • Vox

     (Jun 19, 2018)

    Has your family been separated at the US–Mexico border? Are you a worker at a detention center, or do you aid families who have been affected? If you want to share a story, you can get in touch with ProPublica at or 347-244-2134.

  • SLD Super Luigi Daniel

     (1 day ago)

    LOL No we can’t take themAll in bottom line. What about the kids here that are hurting everyday because of the heroine they are bringing over the boarder? What about the homeless here and all the ppl out of work. We just fix our own problems first

  • Sixto Herrera

     (Dec 1, 2018)

    I’m Mexican and I can tell you a big majority of kids are not separated from families by border agents but by their own parents. My father came here legally from Mexico and now is an American citizen. Do the right thing if you want to come here. If you’re so poor then how can you spend thousands for a coyote to get you here illegally. On top of that 80% of women that cross illegally get raped by the coyotes or other illegal immigrants.

  • Paola M.

     (Jun 19, 2018)

    This breaks my heart

  • Mr. Wilson

     (3 days ago)

    tortillas united uh taco breath this is propaganda it’s not sad these people are criminals.

  • PoDH

     (Jun 20, 2018)

    First what happen to separation of church and state?Second you site the same Bible that told humans to help the poor, the needy.

  • Abby Gayle

     (Jan 18, 2019)

    dat boi you need to read your bible you heathen ! I taught the bible and it sayings nothing of the sort in the any way you try to put it. Do you honestly think GOD is so merciless that he is implying helpless mothers and their children should stand up and fight gang leaders and violence in their own country or not be deserving of getting help ? You sick ,evil nasty person ! Do not dare quote the bible when you have not seriously read it, studied it or have the heart and love of Jesus in you !!! Disgus...

  • Yusef Daniel Hassoun Harmouch

     (Jun 20, 2018)

    Inhumane actions like this should be taken to the supreme court! Trump and anyone who supports him should be severely prosecuted for crimes against humanity!

  • Chen

     (Dec 8, 2018)

    +Yusef Daniel Hassoun Harmouch they can live with their mexico. A country has rules and it wont bend over for just anyone.

  • Snoozin' Ghost

     (Dec 6, 2018)

    +Yusef Daniel Hassoun Harmouch I believe if parents drag their children here while its not safe it is their fault in the first place.

  • Steve B

     (Jun 20, 2018)

    People need to start remembering the chant, "THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING!" It's been used many times in the past to point out injustice. This seems one of those times.

  • Val Ciobanu

     (Jun 20, 2018)

    Humanity has evolved into some kind of nightmare.

  • Andrei Playz

     (Jul 29, 2018)


  • Lashan

     (Jun 20, 2018)

    You can see how lifeless that blond woman's eyes are at that press conference. Like she was watching the last remnants of her own humanity fade away

  • 10ft

     (Jan 17, 2019)

    +Robert A. Hansen hope they are all sent back tomorrow, just saying.

  • zheng xinyu

     (Jun 20, 2018)

    It's sad when people used the bible to justify this.

  • gregor18

     (Feb 6, 2019)

    +Account no longer in use Bottome Line the Bible is never a good argument when it comes to politics

  • Jirachi

     (Jun 20, 2018)

    I've seen that this audio exists but I couldn't bring myself to listen to it until just today. It makes my skin crawl and it's so horrific....Seriously how can anyone be in support of this?

  • Chen

     (Dec 8, 2018)

    Yeah me, My parents are immigrants and waited years to go to America, Im not in favor to keep illegals in here.

  • Arin Santry

     (Jun 20, 2018)

    Hey remember when America was a safe haven for those fleeing their countries like Ireland during the famine in the 19th century?oh wait they were accepted because they were European.

  • Aaron Chand

     (Jan 30, 2019)

    Yeah it's okay if its white people but black brown middle eastern no thank you

  • Jordz

     (Dec 18, 2018)

    jerry MS 13 and 18 are recognized as terrorist