16-year-old Maryori Urbina Contreras, left, plays with her little sister Valeria Ruiz, 8, and their dog Papi outside their home Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in Waukegan, Ill. Maryori is one of 68,000 unaccompanied children who flooded across the southwest border of the United States, causing a humanitarian crisis in 2014. She had risked everything when she left Honduras and traveled alone across more than 1,500 miles, in a desperate attempt to escape the gang violence of her homeland and reunite with her mother, who has been in the country since 2001. In 2015, an immigration court judge postponed a final hearing for Maryori until February 2018, when the family will hear if she is granted asylum and allowed to remain with them in the United States.

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