US border police are resorting to drastic measures in their fight against unauthorized immigration – even with babies.
Trespassing can lead to family separation: at the US border with Mexico in Arizona Photo: dpa
Desperate cries for help from the next room were the last thing a young mother in San Diego, California, heard from her seven-year-old daughter. Only days later did she learn that U.S. Border Patrol agents had taken her daughter to a home in Chicago, 3,300 kilometers away. Only after weeks were mother and daughter allowed to speak on the phone. The young woman’s "crime": she had fled the Democratic Republic of Congo with her child and applied for asylum in the United States.