She hasn’t seen her son in almost two months
A heartbreaking video has surfaced of yet another mother begging to be reunited with her son. As a parent, as a human being, this should break you.
‘This is too tough. This is too painful.. Every person who is a mother can understand it,” — Dilma, a Guatemalan mother says after being separated from her son for the past two months. The two are being held in separate housing facilities in different states.
‘This is too painful. Every person who is a mother can understand it.’ — Listen to this Guatemalan mother’s emotional plea to be reunited with her son pic.twitter.com/IsNBV63UWr
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Dilma and her husband fled war-torn Guatemala to seek asylum in the U.S. but she was separated from him and her eight-year-old son in Texas. They’ve been away from each other for almost two months now and the separation and lack of information is clearly killing her.
Her husband was deported and since that time, she’s been in a detention facility searching to be reunited with her son. Eventually he was located in a facility in Arizona and she’s been able to have limited contact with him since.
“I want to be with you Mami,” her son tells her. “I don’t want to be here anymore.”
As videos begin to surface of kids finally being reunited with their parents, it’s becoming painfully clear the damage inflicted to them. They are coming back thin, with bruises, rashes, lice, unclean — and that pales in comparison to the emotional toll taken. These are little kids, babies, ripped away from their parents and given little to no information on their whereabouts. It is incomprehensible.
The children who have been separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy have a long road ahead of them. Caseworkers struggle to locate parents in ICE custody, some of whom have already been deported back to their home countries. And Trump’s executive order to stop this heinous process only impacts families moving forward. It does nothing to address the thousands already separated.
A Health and Human Services official said that children already separated “will not be immediately reunited with their parents while the adults remain in custody during their immigration proceedings,” The New York Times reports.
Dilma said she’s able to talk with her son and the shelter tells her he’s fine but, “I can see it in his face. As a mother you know when your kids are fine and when they’re not,” she says in the video.
She also said she’s done everything the social workers have asked of her — signing documentation, leaving fingerprints — all in an effort to be reunited with her son. But all they can tell her is she has to wait.
“Please, I beg you, help me. I just want my kid back,” Dilma pleads. “There’s nothing more painful than not having your kid around.”