Originally published by The NY Times

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More than 2,000 children were separated from their parents at the border. After a judge ordered the U.S. government to promptly reunite the families, the government claimed it would be nearly impossible to do so. In Part 2 of our series, we look at why the government could separate families, but not bring them back together.

If you missed Part 1, about how the separations began, you can find it here.

On today’s episode:

About 100 of the children separated from their families were under the age of 5.CreditVictor J. Blue for The New York Times

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Divided, Part 2: The Chaos of Reunification was hosted by Annie Correal and Caitlin Dickerson; produced by Lynsea Garrison and Rachel Quester, with help from Andy Mills; and edited by Wendy Dorr and Lisa Tobin.

The Daily is produced by Theo Balcomb, Annie Brown, Jessica Cheung, Paige Cowett, Lynsea Garrison, Michael Simon Johnson, Andy Mills, Rachel Quester, Ike Sriskandarajah and Clare Toeniskoetter, with editing help from Larissa Anderson. Lisa Tobin is our executive producer. Samantha Henig is our editorial director. Brad Fisher is our technical manager. Chris Wood is our sound engineer. Our theme music is by Jim Brunberg and Ben Landsverk of Wonderly.


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