Five parents separated from their kids – four of whom were deported – joined together in a lawsuit to appeal their convictions

Elba Luz Domínguez’s voice cracks over the phone line from El Salvador. The memory of wading the river up to her waist between Mexico and the US with her daughter, then promptly being shackled by US border patrol and her daughter taken away, brings her to tears. Worse, despite fleeing appalling violence, after months in detention she was deported back home – without her child.

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