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The U.S. is rounding up teen migrants who face a harrowing choice when they return home: join a gang or die


FAMILY DIVIDED: Dilsia Acosta and Hector Guillen, parents of Wildin Acosta, fear their son could be in danger if he is deported to Honduras.

IT WAS 6:30 on a cold morning this past January, and Wildin Acosta, 19, was running late for school. As he rushed out the door of his red brick home in Durham, North Carolina, three Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents handcuffed him and whisked him away in an unmarked vehicle. His father watched from the kitchen window, stunned and helpless.

It was a tragic twist for the Honduran teen, who had made a dangerous journey to reunite with his parents, migrant workers in the United States. ICE agents identified Acosta as a target because he was no longer a minor and a judge had ordered him deported.

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