Guatemalan Yeni Gonzalez crossed the border into the US illegally and was separated from her kids. VOA is following her quest to beat authorized boundaries and get her children again from distant detention facilities. That is one case among the many 2,000 kids of unlawful migrants separated from their households.
After 43 days within the custody of the U.S. immigration authorities and having been separated on the southern border of the US from her three kids when attempting to enter the nation as an unlawful immigrant, Yeni Gonzalez was launched on bail.
The undocumented mom spoke with the Voice of America,
“I will search for my kids,” she mentioned. … “It has been very troublesome, very laborious for me, I felt that my coronary heart broke right into a thousand items, they snatch my kids from my arms.”
For 5 weeks Yeni Gonzalez was detained on this immigration middle in Eloy Arizona, three,800 kilometers from New York the place her three kids have been taken, after they have been separated once they tried to cross the border illegally
Yeni Gonzalez was distraught.
“I requested them to please give me a name, and so they mentioned no, there have been no calls,” she mentioned. “And I instructed them, please, I need to know from my kids, that I have already got days of not figuring out about them and he mentioned, ‘are you aware one thing? You may be deported to Guatemala and your kids,’ he instructed me, ‘will stay within the palms of this authorities.'”
In a VOA interview, Yeni says she was unaware of the “Zero Tolerance” coverage that separated her from her kids. She says if she had identified, she would by no means have introduced her kids this manner.
They’re in New York, underneath the care of the Cayuga middle. Donations made it potential for her to be launched on bail.
“The bail was paid by some households, moms who’re in New York Metropolis. And thank God they despatched me by textual content message, affirmation that was paid, that the bail of $7,500 was paid,” mentioned Yeni’s lawyer, Jose Orechena.
The departure of Yeni coincided with the go to to a migration processing middle in Tucson Arizona, of the primary woman of the US, Melania Trump, who’s carefully following the state of affairs of those undocumented households and the work of the authorities.
“I am right here to help you and provides my assist, no matter I can on behalf of youngsters and the households,” she mentioned.
The Trump administration says it can reunify households, in line with the top of the Division of Well being and Human Companies, Alex Azar.
“They might be unified with both mother and father or different kin underneath our insurance policies, so in fact if the mum or dad stays in detention, sadly underneath guidelines which are set by Congress and the courts, they cannot be reunified whereas they’re in detention,” he mentioned.
Yeni Gonzalez is trying ahead to hugging her children very quickly.