He had turned himself and his child in to the U.S. Border Patrol last May after crossing the river that marks the border between Reynosa, Mexico, and McAllen, Texas.
For now, Jesus and his son are with an American sponsor, and his family is applying for asylum together. But the trauma remains.
A renewed push by President Trump to resume a policy that resulted in the separation of migrant children from their families at the U.S. border with Mexico led to the resignation Sunday of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, according to a report from NBC News.
Originally published by Slate One morning last month, dozens of migrants with handcuffed wrists and ankles filled the benches of the federal courthouse in McAllen, Texas. They’d all been caught crossing the Rio Grande just days earlier and faced criminal charges—misdemeanors for illegal entry and felonies for illegal reentry. Some charged with illegal reentry faced …
I still don’t know where or in whose care my daughter was when we were apart. She’s still traumatized.
After seven months in the custody of the US government and a decade away from her dad, 15-year-old Idis Nicol Tabora and her father were reunited Monday at baggage claim at Miami International Airport.
The lawsuit over family separation grows to encompass up to “thousands” more families separated in 2017 and 2018.
But the ruling, issued late Friday by U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in California, was significant. It dramatically expanded the American Civil Liberties Union’s class-action lawsuit that began with a Congolese mother named Ms. L. and her daughter, a little girl whisked away to Chicago and kept apart from her mother for months, and reinforced the belief that the full scope of the Trump administration’s family separations is not yet known.
The administration argued that it would be difficult to identify families, the children were no longer in its custody, and the children would likely be emotionally harmed if they were removed from their current homes.
Trump’s cruel separation of immigrant families continued after he declared he was ending the practice.