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While Immigration Policies Are Defined, Many Families Along The Southern Border Can Only Wait

A three-year-old from Honduras peers through a fence at the U.S. - Mexico border while her family waits to apply for asylum. Photo by Jesse Costa for WBUR

Brownsville, Texas, lies along the Rio Grande and the border of Mexico, nearly 2,000 miles from New England. Still, Democratic members of Congress from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine and New Hampshire all traveled to the border city this weekend. They said their offices were being flooded with phone calls from constituents, distraught over reports of migrant children separated from families.

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How One Unaccompanied Minor Made Her Way To Massachusetts

Photo by Ken Lund/Flickr

Recent news reports about the U.S. government losing track of nearly 1,500 immigrant children in its care has prompted outrage and confusion. These are children who came here as unaccompanied minors and were placed with sponsors. Their sponsors are often parents or close relatives already living in the country.

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For Hurricane Evacuee And Mom, Persistence Leads To Graduation

Palmira Arroyo, left, flew in from Puerto Rico for her daughter Karina Lasalle Arroyo's graduation from Central Connecticut State University. Lasalle, right, packed her mom's rental car with luggage from her stay at CCSU after Hurricane Maria. Photo by Vanessa de la Torre for Connecticut Public Radio

When Hurricane Maria smashed into Puerto Rico last September, Lasalle was in her final year at the University of Puerto Rico and thinking ahead to law school. But the widespread damage altered the trajectory of these best-laid plans. The storm knocked out power, and Lasalle’s night classes — courses she needed to graduate — were rescheduled to the same hour on a Saturday.

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