More than 3,000 children have been separated from their parents after entering the United States, as a result of what’s known as the Trump administration's “zero tolerance” policy.
A court order temporarily halts the deportation of families who were previously separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The ACLU asked the judge to delay deportations for at least a week after re-unification so that families can have some time to decide whether to pursue asylum.
This comes as officials face a July 26 deadline to reunite more than 2,500 children with their parents.
In a heartwarming story, Lilian Martinez was reunited with her 5-year-old son in Corpus Christi last Sunday. They had been separated since May. Martinez, who was seeking asylum from Guatemala, was detained at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Arizona for over a month. After her asylum claim was deemed credible she became eligible for bond.
The two women who helped reunite Martinez with her son, and help other families reunite with loved ones they've been separated from, Dionne Ukleja and Aly Fitzpatrick of Immigrant Families Together.