Published On: Fri, Jul 13th, 2018

Migrant Children Reunited With Family Barely Recognize Them

Some migrant families have been reunited in the wake of the Executive Order halting the familiar separation. But as the New York Times reports, some children who are reunited with their parents barely recognize them.

When Mirce Alba Lopez, 31, met her son in Phoenix, she was shocked to find that he cried and tried to squirm from her grip. “He didn’t recognize me. My joy turned temporarily to sadness.”

The reunions were mandated by the state of California. They come at a time when the government has returned to the “catch and release” program they ultimately wanted to eliminate; they plan to “release hundreds of migrant families wearing ankle bracelet monitors into the United States.”

There are at least two court orders for the government to release the children back into their parents’ care. They feel that their “hands are tied” and that the requirements are to release the children after 20 days into the care of their parents or adult relatives.

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Migrant Children Reunited With Family Barely Recognize Them