Families separated amid Trump deportation threat

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Published on June 19, 2019 - Duration: 01:47s

Families separated amid Trump deportation threat

As President Trump threatens mass deportations of millions of undocumented migrants next week, new groups of asylum seekers are being returned to Mexico with some saying that they have been sent south of the border without their family members.

Yahaira Jacquez reports.

Families separated amid Trump deportation threat

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "We believe our country should be a sanctuary for law abiding citizens, not for criminal aliens." As U.S. president Donald Trump fires up supporters railing against immigration and threatening to deport millions with the kick-off of his reelection campaign... a crisis on the U.S. Southern border.


My family is sad - not knowing where my father is.

I'm here alone in a place I don't know." Amanda Valdez - a Guatemalan migrant - was sent back to Mexico without her father.

She's part of a new wave of asylum seekers being returned to Mexico after the U.S. and its southern neighbor agreed to expand a program that forces migrants to await the outcome of their cases in Mexico.

But many tell Reuters that they're being sent to Mexico without their family members with whom they entered the U.S. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) HONDURAN MIGRANT RETURNED TO MEXICO WITHOUT DAUGHTER, ROSA HERNANDEZ, SAYING: "The problem is that I was with my daughter and nephew and I don't know where they are." About 12,000 people have been returned to Mexico since the program began in Januaryโ€ฆ Underscoring the magnitude of the problem as resources are stretched by an influx of migrants at the Mexico border.

Trump is fighting the battle on two fronts, trying to stop migrants from coming in the first place and deporting those who have been released into the United States.

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "When people come in and they come in illegally - they have to go out." The president said immigration authorities next week would target migrants in the country illegally in large-scale arrests, but gave no details.

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