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Trump closed little-known door for family reunification, leaving refugees stranded

She dreamed for 16 years of bringing her children from El Salvador to live with her near San Francisco.

Her youngest daughter and her grandson were set to arrive in February 2017, thanks to a federal program that reunited Central American children with their parents in the United States. But the month came and went without their expected flight confirmation from immigration authorities.

It wasn't until August that the mother, identified by her lawyers as S.A., found out that the Trump administration the program had ended.

"When I realized that everything had come crashing down, I suffered a lot," S.A., 52, said in a recent phone interview while on a break from her job at a lice-removal company. "It still hurts not having them here."

The demise of the program was just the latest rollback under President Donald Trump of an

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