A Boy Held In ICE Custody For Months Reunites With Mom In Emotional Video

The 11-year-old was held in government custody for over six months before reuniting with his mom.

An 11-year-old boy detained by Immigration and Customers Enforcement (ICE) was reunited with his mother at Washington Dulles International Airport on Saturday after months of separation. The tearful reunion of Karen Yadira Rodriguez Gutierrez and her child was captured in a powerful video shared by multiple media outlets and on various social media platforms throughout the weekend.

According to CBS, Gutierrez had been living in Virginia as a legal asylum seeker from Honduras. ICE detained her son when he crossed the California border seeking asylum, accompanied by his undocumented grandmother. The two were taken into custody and eventually separated into different detention centers, where the child was held for more than six months.

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At the time of their reunion on Saturday, the mother and son had not seen each other for several months. The duo was only brought together again after Gutierrez filed a lawsuit against  President Donald Trump's administration over the zero-tolerance immigration policy that forced the separation.

After months apart, the two finally had a tearful reunion at the Washington D.C. airport this weekend. The viral footage shows Gutierrez crying and hugging her son tightly as he buries his face in her shoulder. 

Gutierrez and her son are only one of countless parents and children who have been separated as a result of the administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy. 

The policy has garnered widespread backlash, sparking outrage from citizens, celebrities, politicians, and rights advocacy organizations, such as the ACLU. Despite the outcry, the government failed to meet the federally mandated deadline in reuniting migrant children with their parents. According to PBS, around 182 children currently remain in government custody, more than eight weeks after the deadline.  

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