We have helped children like 8-year-old Andy, who was separated from his 21-year-old brother Junior for 183 days. Junior, his guardian, both boys were abandoned by their parents struggled for months trying to navigate the system that kept them apart. With our help, he was able to fly to the foster care facility with completed paperwork and walk out with his brother. Watch Their Story
Angie had to celebrate her 4th birthday in a government shelter after being separated from her uncle at the border the day before Thanksgiving 2018. While her uncle, a US citizen, pleaded through tears for her release, she was placed in a vehicle alone with several CBP officers and was later transferred to foster care 2,600 miles away. One of our team members drove to the state where Angie was held to facilitate her release to her family. With our help, she’s now safe in a home with her grandmother.
Clemente called his daughter “an angel from God.” Border agents took her. After he and his daughter surrendered themselves, they were placed in the icebox, and Clemente contracted pneumonia and passed out. When he woke up, his daughter was gone. Communicable disease is one loophole in the court order that’s exploited by the government to separate families. When Clemente was released without his daughter, he was utterly distraught. He had no idea how to get her back. We were there to help him through the process. When the shelter finally agreed to release his daughter, we flew there to meet him and help him pick her up in person.
Sofi was a 3-year-old girl held in detention for 47 days. She was cruelly separated from her grandmother after seeking asylum at a legal port of entry. Listen to the tape of her crying to come home. HHS imposed almost insurmountable demands on the family to prove they could care for her, and we helped them meet each one, from rides to get fingerprinted to finding an apartment. Eventually, we started to make arrangements for Sofi’s mom to visit her at the shelter, but before she got on the plane, the shelter decided to release Sofi to the eager arms of her family. Watch Her Story
Tessie was 2 years old when she was separated from her father. After over six months in a government shelter, her father’s lawyers at @immdef were able to procure a $7,500 bond offer for her father, and we were there to pay it the next day, quickly reuniting this family who had been separated for so long.
Juan arrived at the US border with his 6-year-old son. He showed border agents a copy of his son’s birth certificate, but they chose to ignore it, saying a photocopy was insufficient proof. Juan was separated from his son for over three months. Luckily, his lawyer at @ImmDef was there to fight for him. And when the government finally conceded, we were there to welcome them both to America. Our volunteers welcomed this father and son into their home for a night, took them shopping, and @miles4migrants flew them to reunite with their relatives.
In April 2019, 28-year-old Manuela crossed the border with her 8-year-old niece who, terrified, was separated from her at the border. Manuela was detained 1,600 miles away. She would still be there today had we not raised the $15,000 to pay her bond and work with @miles4migrants to fly her to her family. She and her niece were reunited in July.
Little Fernando, just 5 years old, crossed the border in April with his uncle who had loved and cared for him for two years. When his uncle was released without Fernando, he wept openly. He had no idea how to get this little boy back. Fernando was put in foster care 1,700 miles away. Working with his attorney and social workers, we were able to reunite him with his mother and uncle within a week, and @miles4migrants flew them home to safety.
Immigrant Families Together Case Studies
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*In some cases names have been changed to protect the privacy of the family.