Migrant Boy, 7, Emotionally Reunited with Mother Who Sued the Trump Administration Over Separation


Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia and her 7-year-old son Darwin have been united after they were torn apart by President Donald Trump’s immigration policy.

Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia

The pair had an emotional reunion at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport in Maryland. Darwin was being held at a Phoenix, Arizona, shelter since mid-May, CNN reported. He was separated from his mother just days after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border, fleeing domestic violence from Mejia’s husband.

Mejia subsequently sued several government agencies, as well as top Trump administration officials, claiming they violated her rights when they separated the pair, CNN reported. Additionally, the outlet reported that she was seeking damages for pain and suffering.

In the lawsuit, Mejia said that when officials took away her son, “he was screaming and crying and did not want to be taken away from his mother,” reported CNN.

Mejia, who was being held in a detention center in Eloy, Arizona, was released from custody on June 15. An immigration bond company called Libre by Nexus paid her $12,5000 bond pro bono, according to CNN, and a division of the company will represent her in court.

The Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy resulted in over 2,000 children being separated from their parents at the border since May.

Earlier this week, President Trump signed an executive order reversing his administration’s policy. “We are keeping families together,” Trump said in the Oval Office.



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