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People demonstrate in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, demanding an end to the separation of migrant children from their parents. On Friday, the Justice Department said in a court filing that "the government will not separate families but detain families together during the pendency of immigration proceedings." Nicholas Kamm /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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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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First lady Melania Trump talks with Border Patrol agents as she visits a processing center of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility in Tucson, Ariz. Thursday. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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People protest immigration separation policies outside Federal Court on Tuesday in El Paso, Texas. Cases of children and families seeking refuge were being heard inside the courthouse. Matt York/AP hide caption

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Reuniting Families Separated At The Border Proves Complicated

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Janet Kamara, who is from Liberia, sits during an interview conducted in an International Organization for Migration transit center in Arlit, Niger, on June 2. Kamara was expelled from Algeria and left stranded in the Sahara while pregnant. "Our baby was killed; women were lying dead, men. ... Other people got missing in the desert because they didn't know the way," she told the AP. Jerome Delay/AP hide caption

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The Pentagon plans to build temporary camps for detained immigrants. Here, children of detained migrants are seen at a tent encampment near the U.S. Customs and Border Protection port of entry in Tornillo, Texas. Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters hide caption

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., continue to try to wrangle votes for a "consensus" immigration bill. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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The train known as "The Beast" passes by the Sagrada Familia shelter in Apizaco, Mexico. For many migrants, the train is the next step in their journey north. Alejandro Cegarra for NPR hide caption

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Migrants Are Stuck In Mexico With Violence Back Home And 'Zero Tolerance' In The U.S.

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As Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen dined at a Mexican restaurant on Tuesday, 15 protesters chanted, "If kids don't eat in peace, you don't eat in peace!" Brendan Smialowski /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A 2-year-old Honduran girl cries as an official searches her mother in McAllen, Texas, near the U.S.-Mexico border, earlier this month. For many, the image has become indelibly associated with a Trump administration policy that for weeks separated migrant children from their parents — but the girl's father says she was not separated from her mother. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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