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Letters from detained immigrant mothers who have been separated from their children

Journalists who recently toured some detention facilities in Texas were not allowed to photograph or interview immigrants, so last week The Times asked volunteers and attorneys visiting detained immigrant parents to convey written questions. Here are their responses.
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'I write you these words with immense pain in my heart'

Journalists who recently toured some detention facilities in Texas were not allowed to photograph or interview immigrants, so last week The Times asked volunteers and attorneys visiting detained immigrant parents to convey written questions. Here is one response.

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'They killed us alive by taking away our children'

Journalists who recently toured some detention facilities in Texas were not allowed to photograph or interview immigrants, so last week The Times asked volunteers and attorneys visiting detained immigrant parents to convey written questions. Here is one response.

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'I love you despite living this nightmare'

Journalists who recently toured some detention facilities in Texas were not allowed to photograph or interview immigrants, so last week The Times asked volunteers and attorneys visiting detained immigrant parents to convey written questions. Here is one response.

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'We were handcuffed and shackled as criminals'

Journalists who recently toured some detention facilities in Texas were not allowed to photograph or interview immigrants, so last week The Times asked volunteers and attorneys visiting detained immigrant parents to convey written questions. Here is one response.

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'I've gone for 23 days without hearing anything about my son'

Journalists who recently toured some detention facilities in Texas were not allowed to photograph or interview immigrants, so last week The Times asked volunteers and attorneys visiting detained immigrant parents to convey written questions. Here is one response.

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'He began to cry harder and harder while he was telling me what was going on'

Journalists who recently toured some detention facilities in Texas were not allowed to photograph or interview immigrants, so last week The Times asked volunteers and attorneys visiting detained immigrant parents to convey written questions. Here is one response.

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'I love you so much, my child. ... I'm sending you hugs'

Journalists who recently toured some detention facilities in Texas were not allowed to photograph or interview immigrants, so last week The Times asked volunteers and attorneys visiting detained immigrant parents to convey written questions. Here is one response.

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'Don't worry, my daughter. I am fighting a lot for you'

Journalists who recently toured some detention facilities in Texas were not allowed to photograph or interview immigrants, so last week The Times asked volunteers and attorneys visiting detained immigrant parents to convey written questions. Here is one response.

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'I ask God to give me strength for my son's sake'

Journalists who recently toured some detention facilities in Texas were not allowed to photograph or interview immigrants, so last week The Times asked volunteers and attorneys visiting detained immigrant parents to convey written questions. Here is one response.

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'An official told me our separation was going to be a matter of hours, but it was all a lie'

Journalists who recently toured some detention facilities in Texas were not allowed to photograph or interview immigrants, so last week The Times asked volunteers and attorneys visiting detained immigrant parents to convey written questions. Here is one response.

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'Yesterday they ... said my fear claim wasn't credible'

Journalists who recently toured some detention facilities in Texas were not allowed to photograph or interview immigrants, so last week The Times asked volunteers and attorneys visiting detained immigrant parents to convey written questions. Here is one response.

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'I was very worried, 8 days without showering, without my medicine'

Journalists who recently toured some detention facilities in Texas were not allowed to photograph or interview immigrants, so last week The Times asked volunteers and attorneys visiting detained immigrant parents to convey written questions. Here is one response.

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'I don't want you to be sad. I love you, my son'

Journalists who recently toured some detention facilities in Texas were not allowed to photograph or interview immigrants, so last week The Times asked volunteers and attorneys visiting detained immigrant parents to convey written questions. Here is one response.

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'I'm asking God every day for us to be together again soon'

Journalists who recently toured some detention facilities in Texas were not allowed to photograph or interview immigrants, so last week The Times asked volunteers and attorneys visiting detained immigrant parents to convey written questions. Here is one response.

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'And when we are together, I am going to spoil you as always'

Journalists who recently toured some detention facilities in Texas were not allowed to photograph or interview immigrants, so last week The Times asked volunteers and attorneys visiting detained immigrant parents to convey written questions. Here is one response.

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