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Maria: ‘And then when they took my mom, I got scared and didn't understand anything.’

The Trump administration officially began its “zero-tolerance” policy of arresting everyone who crossed the southern border between checkpoints — even if they were seeking asylum or with their children — in April 2018. But Maria was separated from her mother in August 2017, during a pilot phase of the policy.

About Maria

Immigration status Asylum-seeker
Country of birth Guatemala
Location Florida
Age 7

Reporting by Ashley Cleek

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