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Steve Lopez: They flee terrifying violence in Central America, and arrive in a country that barbarically rips children from parents

Without warning, she dropped her head and began to cry.

Jessica, whose young son played nearby at a South Los Angeles health clinic, put her hands over her face to cover her tears.

When I asked what was wrong, she told me her husband had been ordered by Guatemalan gangsters to pay a protection tax or every member of his family would be killed. So they managed to get tourist visas and head north, but now they were in limbo.

They're too afraid to go back home when their visas expire. But they're frightened about what might come of them in the United States if they

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