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Brazilians affected by the family separation crisis at U.S. border

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‘Zero tolerance’ policy led to family separation at the U.S. border. Photo: David Peinado Romero/Shutterstock

The U.S. government has enforced a now-infamous “zero tolerance” policy on immigrants who illegally cross the border. The Trump administration has decided to prosecute adult asylum seekers as criminals – which has led to their separation from their children. Since October 2017, at least 2,700 children have been taken from their parents (including 49 Brazilians), with more than two-thirds of these cases happening over the past six weeks.

After an enormous backlash – even from conservative sectors of American society – U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to end family separation. However, Mr. Trump has not backed...

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