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Caught in Trump Immigration Squeeze, NJ Family Has Mother's Day Without Mom

President's crackdown on legal immigration has marooned one woman in El Salvador, unable to see her children this Mother's Day

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For the past two decades, Jose has worked in the United States doing a variety of jobs — at Burger King, on construction sites, in a vitamin factory —  and spent long stints back home in El Salvador with his wife, Mirna, and two children, Karen and Bryan. 

A few years ago, amid escalating gang violence in El Salvador — which now has one of the highest homicide rates of any nation in the world — Jose took advantage of the Obama administration's Central American Minors program. As a noncitizen with legal status, Jose was able to work with the refugee resettlement agency in New Jersey, the International Rescue Committee, to bring his children and wife into the U.S.

Read the full story on WNYC News, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.

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