CBS News takes viewers on a journey inside the real-life challenges facing migrant families split apart by the Trump administration’s “Zero Tolerance” policy, with the primetime broadcast network premiere of the CBSN Originals presentation “The Faces of Family Separation,” to be broadcast Saturday, Dec. 28 (10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Reported by Manuel Bojorquez and a team of journalists from all divisions of CBS News, the documentary provides an immersive look at the hotly debated issue through the eyes of those impacted the most – the fathers, mothers, sons and daughters separated and unaware when they’ll see their family members again. “The Faces of Family Separation” had its digital debut on CBSN Oct. 7.
The documentary follows four families who made the harrowing journey from Central America to the U.S. border, fleeing the dangers of gangs, crime and poverty. They were subsequently detained, and then separated upon entry.
Susana, who migrated with her son, Leni, her daughter, Litzy, and Litzy’s father, recounts an incident her son witnessed on a walk that pushed them to leave home in El Salvador. She says at that “moment he was passing by...a few men were on their way to murder someone. He told me their faces were covered with masks,” she continues, “and you know witnesses get killed too.”
Another parent, Adelindo, recounts the moment his 7-year-old daughter, Angie, was taken from him in the U.S. He says at that point, “I wished to die. I would only think about my daughter.”
Produced by the team at 48 HOURS, “The Faces of Family Separation” features extensive reporting on the complex and ongoing story of the “Zero Tolerance” policy of prosecuting and detaining those who crossed the U.S. southern border illegally.
The film also explores how these children are coping with the trauma of detention and separation, and the long-term impact it has on their lives as their families wait for asylum court dates that will determine whether they will stay in the United States or be deported.
CBSN launched its documentary series, CBSN Originals, in January 2016, adding a new dimension to the network with immersive reports that take a deep dive into some of the key issues driving national and global conversations. To date, CBSN has streamed 50 original documentaries on a range of topics including the mass migration from Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, social media’s role in the violence against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar, gender identity, and the dangerous journey to America through the Darien Gap, among others. Catch up on the entire slate of CBSN Originals:https://cbsn.ws/2T1NRug