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Garry Mead, assistant director of detention and removal for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, answers a reporter's question in 2007 in front of cells that housed immigrant families at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor, Texas. After a suit by the ACLU, the center ended family detention, and ICE mostly avoided it until 2014. LM Otero/AP hide caption

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The U.S. Has A Long, Troubled History Of Detaining Families Together

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Migrant children now housed in a tent encampment under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy are shown walking in single file at the facility near the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas, on June 19. Mike Blake/Reuters hide caption

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'I'm Crushed': Migrant Parents, Advocates Press For Family Reunification

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Federal Officials Try To Address Criticism Over Where Children Are Being Detained

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Migrant Families Will Stay Together But They'll Be Held Until Their Court Date

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News Brief: Republicans Talk Immigration Overhaul, China Tariffs Latest

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Update On Immigration And Family Separations

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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection car parks next to the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Calexico, Calif., in 2006. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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The Last 'Zero Tolerance' Border Policy Didn't Work

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The Berduo family speaks with authorities as they try to cross the international bridge between Matamoros, Mexico, and Brownsville, Texas. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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After Traveling 2,000 Miles For Asylum, This Family's Journey Halts At A Bridge

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Boys 10 to 17 years old stand outside a government-contracted youth shelter in Brownsville, Texas. Ninety percent of the residents traveled to the United States alone seeking protection; the remainder were separated from their families at the border under a controversial new policy by the Trump administration. Department of Health and Human Services hide caption

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'These Are Not Kids Kept In Cages': Inside A Texas Shelter For Immigrant Youth

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Central American immigrant families walk after crossing from Mexico into the United States to seek asylum in Texas. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Inside The Trial Of 3 Guatemalan Mothers Separated From Their Children

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What Happens When Parents And Children Are Separated At The U.S.-Mexico Border

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Vehicles wait for inspection at the Border Patrol's Laredo North vehicle checkpoint in Laredo, Texas. A border agent killed an immigrant woman in Rio Bravo, near Laredo on Wednesday. The shooting is being investigated by the Texas Rangers and the FBI. Nomaan Merchant/AP hide caption

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Border Patrol Shooting Death Of Immigrant Woman Raises Tensions In South Texas

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Holds School Safety Discussions After Deadly Shooting

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17-Year-Old Suspect Held Without Bail In Texas School Shooting

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