After a terrifying month apart, a Guatemalan mother and her 7-year-old son have been reunited.
Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia, 38, and her son, Darwin Micheal Mejia, were separated and detained after seeking asylum at the U.S. boarder on May 19.
The young boy arrived at Baltimore-Washington International Airport on a flight from Phoenix after 2 a.m. Friday and was reunited with his mother.
As the mother and son shared a tight, loving embrace, the tearful reunion was recorded by news crews and others in the airport.
Darwin Mejia was one of more than 2,300 children taken from their parents by federal agents in recent months under the Trump administration’s "zero-tolerance" immigration policy at the border.
"Look at his face — he’s sad, but we’re going to be together, and no one’s going to separate us again," his mother told the media in Spanish inside the airport. “I’m very happy to have found my son. Very happy and grateful, with God first.”
Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia said she applied for political asylum, claiming she was frightened to live in her own country.
She told reporters she began crying when she saw her only son and told the boy she loved him.
The mother filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration in U.S. District Court in Washington earlier this week, challenging the family separation process. The U.S. Department of Justice then agreed to release the child back to his mother.
After their reunion in the airport, the duo will head to Texas to wait for her asylum claim to be decided.
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