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An immigrant mother walking with her child. Photo: Loren Elliott/AFP via Getty Images

Grassroots Leadership, a non-profit civil rights organization, has published letters from immigrant mothers detained and separated from their children at the United States-Mexico border.

Why it matters: The letters offer a glimpse of their grim living conditions, as well as the mothers' anguish after being separated from their children.

We beg you to help us, return our children.
— An anonymous, detained immigrant woman, per the LA Times

The backdrop: Several immigrants have been detained and separated from their families as a result of President Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy. The administration initially defended it, but then Trump attempted to end it with an executive order.

What they're saying:
  • A woman, who was separated from her son a month prior to writing the letter: "There are moments when I can't go on ... If they are going to deport me, let them do it — but with my child."
  • In another letter, a detainee who said she was seeking asylum, questioned the morality of the "zero-tolerance" policy. She said she ran from her country because "they threatened to kill me and my children," but now she has found herself in the U.S. where "they killed us alive" by taking their children.
  • One woman says she has not been able to bathe or brush her teeth for eight days after being captured, per CNN. The woman, who said she had not seen her children for 21 days and did not know where they were, described her detainment facility as "la perrera," which means kennel or dog pound. She said they were surrounded by chain link fences.
"They treated us so horribly, as though we were animals," the woman wrote.

Go deeper: Read all 20 letters released by Grassroots Leadership here.

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"Atmospheric river" swings Northern California from drought to flood

Satellite view of the bomb cyclone swirling off the coast of the Pacific Northwest and the atmospheric river affecting California on Oct. 24. Photo: CIRA/RAMMB

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are delivering historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest — triggering widespread power outages, flooding and mudslides.

Why it matters: The atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, was causing Northern California to whiplash from drought to flood, as it slowly moved south overnight. The storm system claimed the lives of two people in Washington state after a tree fell on a vehicle amid powerful winds Sunday.

In photos: Drought-ravaged California lashed by major storm

Workers try to divert water into drains as rain pours down on Oct. 24 in Marin City, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A major storm system was pummeling Northern California and parts of the Pacific Northwest with heavy rains overnight.

The big picture: "Atmospheric river" storms, associated with a record-strong "bomb cyclone" offshore from the Pacific Northwest, have brought flooding and mudslides to parts of California that were razed by recent wildfires and in severe drought. It's also caused widespread power outages in California, Oregon and Washington state.

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Sudan's military places civilian prime minister under house arrest

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok during a 2020 news conference in Khartoum, Sudan. Photo: Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Sudan's civilian Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was put under house arrest and several other ministers were also detained Monday in what appears to be a military coup in the country, per local reports.

Why it matters: The arrests of the civilian faction in the Sudanese government came a day after U.S. envoy Jeffrey Feltman met with the head of the military faction of the Sudanese government General Abdul Fattah al-Burhan and warned him against staging a coup.