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ProPublica report shows recordings of immigrant children separated from families

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, rest in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP)

A recent ProPublica report includes audio of immigrant children who were separated from their families sobbing inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, prompting agents to make jokes.

The nonprofit investigative news outlet's Monday, June 18, report detailed a recent U.S. government "zero-tolerance" policy that has led to more than 2,300 children being separated from their parent since April.

The policy calls for the prosecution of any immigrant crossing the border illegally and the separation of the parents and children brought along.

The accompanying video, shown below, contains audio of 10 Central American children crying and yelling for their parents in a facility where separated children are held.

Upon hearing the cries, one Border Patrol agent quips, "Well, we have an orchestra here."