Immigration enforcement and family breakups

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Asylum seekers who cross the Mexican border are put in jail, but children are not allowed. Some kids end up hundreds of miles from the grownups they came with for months at a time. Are they really part of the same family, or pawns in the game of immigration fraud? Even some hard-line immigration opponents want that and other questions answered with greater humanity.

Border Patrol Agents conduct an operations check on a MRAP vehicle. Photo credit: Donna Burton


Lomi Kriel - Immigration reporter for the Houston Chronicle - @lomikriel, Lee Gelernt - Deputy director of the ACLU’s national Immigrants' Rights Project, and Director of the Project's Program on Access to the Courts. - @leegelernt, Jessica Vaughan - Center for Immigration Studies - @JessicaV_CIS

Warren Olney

Andrea Brody