Migrant mother sues Trump administration to get 7-year-old son back — and wins

Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia, an asylum seeker from Guatemala, reunites with her son, Darwin, at BWI airport on Friday, June 22, 2018. (Facebook)

A woman from Guatemala who hadn’t seen her son for more than a month after he was taken away from her by immigration officials at the southern border was reunited with the boy on Friday in Baltimore. The dramatic reunion came after the woman sued the Trump administration and multiple government agencies in a bid to get her son back, and learned in court on Thursday that she’d won.

Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia, 38, hadn’t seen her son, Darwin, 7, since the two were separated in May after crossing into Arizona, a result of the Trump administration’s recent zero-tolerance crackdown in which federal authorities have pursued charges against all adults caught illegally crossing the border. A consequence of the harsh policy has been that at least 2,300 children were separated from their parents as they were detained and put through the legals system. President Trump, amid a growing outcry, reversed course this week, signing an executive order to stop the separation of families at the border.

“I love you,” Mejia told Darwin in Spanish when they were reunited at Baltimore International Airport. She wrapped a blanket around the weary boy as she cried while a gaggle of reporters and news cameras documented the emotional moment. She hugged Darwin and kissed him on the cheek. Darwin had been held in a shelter in Arizona while his mother was in federal detention.

Photojournalist J.M. Giordano was covering the story and shared some photos of the reunion on his Twitter feed. Mejia is seeking political asylum in the U.S. and was just released from detention last Friday after an advocacy group, Libre By Nexus, paid her $12,000 bond and assisted in filing her lawsuit. The group also live-streamed the mother and son’s reunion on Facebook.

Mejia could be seen thanking the lawyers and advocates who worked on behalf to achieve the emotional reunion. A great many migrant men and women are still separated from their children, but ABC News reported Friday at least 500 of the 2,300 hundred who had been separated since the crackdown began in April have now been reunited since Trump’s reversal on the issue.

Below, watch video of Darwin and his mom seeing each other for the first time in more than a month.

Read the full story at CNN.


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