Many Spanish-speaking parents said they did not understand the English documents they were signing.
A federal judge praised the government effort, but expressed concern that hundreds of immigrant parents may have been deported without their children.
’You cannot imagine how awful it is to be there,’ the boy said of his nine-month separation by U.S. immigration officials.
The refusal by the two firms to take on a yearlong contract came one day before Trump announced the end of family separation.
The move comes as immigrant apprehensions climb to levels not seen since the end of the Obama administration.
A ruling allows a woman featured on our site, who was reunited with her son after months of separation, to sue federal government to stop the practice.
They had entered the U.S. illegally, seeking asylum from an abusive home, and were completely unaware they would be separated.
Last weekend, border agents turned away legal asylum-seekers on the U.S.-Mexico border. In a 'Texas Monthly Reporter' podcast, reporter Robert Moore discusses this tactic and its effect on those being turned away.
Federal law allows immigrants to step into United States and claim asylum; agents are physically preventing them from doing so.
The policy shift means that parents will be separated from their children if caught while crossing borders illegally.