Across the country, lawyers and advocates are working with U.S. government officials to reunite parents and children who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Over half of the children under the age of five were reunited this past week. Thousands more face a court-ordered deadline for reunification by the end of this month.
Taylor Levy is the legal coordinator for Annunciation House, a migrant shelter in El Paso, Texas. She and her team are trying to help about 50 parents reunite with their children.
Levy recently called a father named Josué to check in. He’s trying to get his 16-year-old daughter back. But he told Levy there’s a problem. After he was released from custody, Josué went to live with his brother-in-law.
“And his brother-in-law has papers and is legal and everything,” Levy says. “So he thought he was going to be fine with all the paperwork with ORR.”