‘Terrorized by guilt and pain.’ Lawsuits detail trauma of family separations at U.S.-Mexico border

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Court documents described the moments of anguish that Eliot, a Guatemalan migrant who traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border to seek asylum, and his then-11-year-old son Héctor experienced in the minutes before the U.S. government forcibly separated them under its “zero-tolerance” policy. 

The two had crossed the border near Lukeville, in southwestern Arizona, on May 19, 2018, more than a month after then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions had traveled to Nogales, 117 miles away, to announce that all adults, including parents traveling with children, would be prosecuted if they crossed the southwestern U.S. border illegally.

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