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Local attorneys file emergency international request to stop family separations at border

Stories like hers are not unique, said Efrén Olivares, racial and economic justice director of the Alamo-based Texas Civil Rights Project, one of the four legal advocacy groups that filed the complaint on behalf of five Central American families arguing that the U.S. government’s “zero tolerance” policy of separating migrant parents and children who enter the country illegally violates international law.

The other attorneys include McAllen-based Garcia & Garcia law firm, the University of Texas School of Law’s immigration clinic and the Washington-based Women’s Refugee Commission.