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Family Separation at the U.S.-Mexico Border, Explained

Family separation ended with President Donald Trump's executive order Wednesday, but not all families separated before the order have been reunited.

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    Family Separation at the U.S.-Mexico Border, Explained

    The “zero tolerance” policy separated 2,235 families at the U.S.-Mexico border from April 19 to June 9.

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday stopping such family separations. Zero-tolerance prosecution is still in effect for migrants crossing illegally.

    Advocates still warn against long-term detainment caused by immigration court backlogs.

    About 500 children separated from their families have been reunited, but some of these families may still be detained.

    Data: DHS, HHS
    Interactive: Peter Andringa, Sabrina Cheung/NBC; Reporting: Noreen O'Donnell/NBC