Children look through the border fence outside their home at the Anapra zone between the border of Mexico and the US near Sunland Park, New Mexico, in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua State, Mexico, on June 22, 2018. / AFP / HERIKA MARTINEZ
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Split families in limbo amid Trump immigration chaosThe fate of 2,300 children wrested from their parents at the U.S. border with Mexico remained unclear Friday two days after Donald Trump ordered an end to migrant family separations, as the president accused Democrats of spinning "phony" tales of suffering for electoral gain. On Thursday, divided congressional Republicans failed to pass one immigration reform bill, and a second proposal that includes language ending family separations was put off until next week.Near Washington, protestors shouting "Shame!" demonstrated early Friday outside the home of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, two days after Trump announced her department would take over the handling and processing of families at the border.Some reunifications were taking place, though it was unclear whether they involved the 700 children taken from parents between October and April, or the 2,300 since the mandatory prosecution of illegal border-crossers, whose children were taken away as a result, began in early May. One woman, Cindy Madrid from El Salvador, repeatedly dictated her U.S.-resident sister's phone number to her six-year-old daughter before she crossed the border and the family was separated.
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