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July 13, 2014

The emotional turmoil of entering a new, American life

After crossing the Mexico-Texas border — after a bewildering 30-hour drive past strip malls and junk-food oases in the back seat of a red pickup truck that stinks of spent cigarettes and spilled fuel — a family arrives in Delaware. It is night. They turn onto a long gravel driveway and roll to a stop before a cinder-block building with rusted metal staircases. More than 2,000 miles from home, they emerge from a hurtling, inhospitable cocoon into a new, American life.

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