He saw her after their capture, but they were separated when he went to court before Judge Velasco, who gave him time served after he pleaded guilty to illegal entry. He had no idea where his wife was, whether she was safe, or whether their first child together was still well in her womb.

After court, the man asked Border Patrol agents what happened to his wife. All they would tell him was that she already had left.

He has a photo of his wife, a pretty woman with indigenous features. No one at Grupos Beta has seen her yet. He says they're both from Oaxaca. He seems utterly helpless, distraught.

A bus for private prisons giant Corrections
Corporation of America picks up migrants
sentenced by a Tucson magistrate to time
in custody.
Stephen Lemons
A bus for private prisons giant Corrections Corporation of America picks up migrants sentenced by a Tucson magistrate to time in custody.

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Complicating matters was the fact that his wife gave the Border Patrol a different name.

Later, the Tucson-based human-rights group Derechos Humanos attempted to locate her. Sadly, with no luck.

Chalk up two more lives upended in the pitiless mechanism known as Streamline.

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