Video Captures The Moment A Mom Was Reunited With Her Child After Being Separated

"There's thousands of children similarly situated we have to do something about."

After more than a month without her son, a Guatemalan woman was reunited with him at Baltimore Washington International Airport.

The woman, Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia, was separated from her son Darwin after the two crossed the border in Arizona seeking asylum and surrendered to authorities. The lawsuit she filed against the federal government was one of the first since the Trump administration announced its "zero-tolerance" immigration policy. 

"It's not fair for a mother," Mejia told CNN of the separation. "It's like they're putting a knife in your chest and killing you."

Video of Mejia being reunited with her son has since gone viral on social media, receiving over one million views. Authorities said the 38-year-old woman was separated from her son at an immigration holding facility a few days after they crossed the border. Mejia told CNN she came to the United States fleeing domestic violence from her husband in Guatemala. She accused U.S. officials of violating her rights when they took away her child, and her lawyers — from the immigration bond company Libre by Nexus — paid her $12,500 bond to get her out of detention.

On Thursday, just before a hearing in her case was about to begin in Washington D.C., an agreement was made to reunite her with Darwin. Once the agreement was made, Darwin boarded a plane and flew from Phoenix, Arizona to Washington D.C.

"This child is not the only child," Mario Williams, one of Meijia's attorneys, said. "There's thousands of children similarly situated we have to do something about."

In a video of the two reuniting, Mejia can be heard sobbing and telling her son that she loves him in Spanish. Nexus Services CEO Mike Donovan said outside the courthouse that he is hoping to make Mejia's case a class action lawsuit that requires the federal government to reunite all separated families. The ACLU has already filed a class action lawsuit over family separation.

On Wednesday, after intense scrutiny from members of his own party, religious leaders, and all five living first ladies, President Trump signed an executive order aimed at halting the separation of families along the border. Immigrant rights activits are now focusing on how best to reunite the more than 2,000 families that have already been separated.

"They can fight the same way I did," Mejia told CNN. "They have to fight to get out of there, to fight for their children."


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