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Immigrants from Honduras Diva Funes holds a hand of her son Evercito, 4, while walking back from the United States to Reynosa, Mexico, Thursday, June 21, 2018. The family was escorted back across the border by U.S. Customs & Border Patrol agents after trying to seek asylum . (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Immigrants from Honduras Diva Funes holds a hand of her son Evercito, 4, while walking back from the United States to Reynosa, Mexico, Thursday, June 21, 2018. The family was escorted back across the border by U.S. Customs & Border Patrol agents after trying to seek asylum . (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The Oklahoman's Justin Wingerter takes a look at how Trump's border policy is impacting local races for Congress.

EDMOND — As she stood in the driveway of her home Tuesday, a woman named Julie had a question for Democratic congressional candidate Tom Guild: What are your views on family separation?

It was a question that would have baffled any candidate a year — or even a month — ago, but not on this day. Guild called the Trump administration's policy “a disaster” and “unconscionable.”

As they seek re-election, incumbent Republicans across the country planned to spend the summer and autumn discussing the nation's low unemployment rate and healthy stock market. Democrats in Oklahoma had planned to focus on improving access to education and health care.

That was before the federal government began placing separating families.

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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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