BOSTON, Mass. (WPRI) – Thursday, a mother and her daughter had a tearful reunion in Boston, after being separated for two months.
Angelica Gonzalez-Garcia embraced her eight year-old daughter, in tears, after being separated upon illegal entry into the United States.
“Es un sentimiento que es difícil de explicar,” said Gonzalez-Garcia. She says, it’s a sentiment that’s hard to explain.
Gonzalez-Garcia and her daughter are immigrants from Guatemala. After fleeing alleged domestic abuse and discrimination, she and her daughter crossed the border in hopes of getting asylum, but they were detained and separated. Both were taken to shelters in different states.
Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Massachusetts, helped speed up the reunification process.
“This amoral plan of separating families was put in place by the Trump Administration and they need to do everything they can. And I’ll be going back to Congress this week to say we have to treat these families with respect. Get these families back together, so that they can come to this country seeking the American dream, like so many of our families did when they came here. We have a great wrong to right. And we’ve taken the first step today,” Clark said Thursday.
The Trump administration is currently managing a series of court-imposed deadlines after a judge ordered the US government to halt most family separations at the border and the reunification of separated families.
Gonzalez-Garcia did eventually file an asylum claim, and was released on bond on June 19th.
Getting her daughter right away would prove to not be as simple, which is why lawyers from two firms, plus the ACLU of Massachusetts stepped in to help.
In filing a lawsuit, the ACLU described quote, “unmitigated cruelty,” saying an officer told Gonzalez-Garcia “Happy Mothers Day,” after saying her daughter would be taken away and she would never see her again.
“Ella es la razón estoy aquí. Buscando una mejor vida para ella y para mí mismo,” Gonzalez-Garcia said. “She is the reason Iam here. Looking for a better life for her and myself.”
Gonzalez-Garcia was never charged for illegal entry. She and her daughter plan to live in Massachusetts until their immigration case is resolved.
Meanwhile, the fate of other children separated from their families at the border remains unclear. Thursday, officials said under 3,000 children separated from their parents are in government custody.