The story of a Honduran family’s struggle to reunite after being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border three years earlier under the Trump administration’s immigration policies.
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Anavelis, whose then-six-year-old daughter, Genesis, was taken from her in 2018 after the duo crossed into the United States, said, “When I got there it became hell, a nightmare that has been tormenting me all these years.”
Anavelis was deported back to Honduras without her daughter. Several years later, many families separated under Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy had been reunited, but hundreds of children, like Genesis, were still in the U.S. waiting for their parents to be allowed to return.
This documentary chronicles Anavelis’ quest to reunite with Genesis and offers insight into the work of a Biden administration task force charged with reuniting families like theirs.
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“After Zero Tolerance” is a FRONTLINE production with Five O’Clock Films in association with Guerra Productions, Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and University of Connecticut. The writer, producer and director is Oscar Guerra. The senior producer is Frank Koughan. The editor-in-chief and executive producer of FRONTLINE is Raney Aronson-Rath.
FRONTLINE is produced at GBH in Boston and is broadcast nationwide on PBS. Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional support for FRONTLINE is provided by the Abrams Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Park Foundation, the Heising-Simons Foundation, and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund, with major support from Jon and Jo Ann Hagler on behalf of the Jon L. Hagler Foundation.
Mother and Daughter Separated Under “Zero Tolerance” - 00:05
Efforts to Locate Families Separated at the U.S. Border - 6:52
Biden Administration’s Task Force to Reunite Families - 11:03
What Humanitarian Parole Means - 18:00
A Family Separated at the U.S. Border Reunites - 21:07
Credits - 27:05