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Deadline passes, but some migrant families still separated

MCALLEN, Texas - A case worker texted lawyer Ruby Powers late Wednesday with good news: A 7-year-old Central American boy separated from his mother nearly two months ago would soon be returned.

But on Thursday, the boy was still in New York, the mother in South Texas, still waiting to be reunited like many other families separated under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy.

"It's been a roller coaster," said Powers, a Houston lawyer who has been flying down to the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas to join a corps of lawyers representing immigrant parents pro bono. "If I hadn't helped her, given her a phone to call relentlessly, I don't know how she would manage it."

Thursday was the deadline set by a federal

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