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    Anti-Immigration Fervor Hits a Wall

    Whether one is pro- or anti-, the optics of “child internment camps” aren’t good. President Donald Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy, which required the arrest of everyone entering the U.S. illegally, resulted in even babies being pulled from parents’ arms and worldwide condemnation. That meant chain-link holding pens, hastily created care facilities, mislaid records and alleged doping to muffle anguished cries. The furor culminated in repeated demands to reunite the 2,300 separated kids and sudden presidential pivots: an executive order pledging to keep families together, albeit in custody, and a retreat on immigration legislation.

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