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NowThis: Families Separated Across the Border Meet at Friendship Park

During a delegation trip to Mexico, representatives from RFK Human Rights and Al Otro Lado visited Friendship Park, the only federally designated binational meeting place where families separated by the U.S.-Mexico border can come together.

It’s estimated that between 2011 and 2013, roughly half a million children who are U.S. citizens experienced the apprehension, detention, and deportation of at least one parent. Most of those parents are unable to return to the U.S.

“This is not what the United States is about. These are not our best values,” said Kerry Kennedy, president of RFK Human Rights. “We’re a country of freedom. We’re a country of rights. We’re a country of compassion. And I think more Americans really need to know what the reality is on the ground for people seeking asylum.”

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