Guatemalan asylum seeker sues over separation from son

Evarado Alatorre
Junio 20, 2018

A Guatemalan woman who said her 7-year-old son was "ripped away" from her after they came to the USA seeking asylum has sued the Trump administration.

Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia said she and her son had sought asylum in the United States and crossed the border in Arizona last month.

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Mejia-Mejia claims agents in green uniforms took her seven-year-old son Darwin after the two were held in a cell referred to as the "cooler".

An immigration rights organization, who secure Mejia's bond, is seeking a temporary restraining order to have her son returned immediately.

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The mother said she and her young son had escaped violence in Guatemala, which included death threats from her husband.

The lawsuit says her son was "screaming and crying" when border agents took him from her and cried "Mama!" repeatedly the one time she was allowed to speak to him by phone.

"There are humane ways to enforce our laws, however, the actions the USA government have taken in the Mejia case are a shocking affront to our nation's values and, indeed, the rule of law", said Mike Donovan, the CEO of the immigration group Nexus Services.

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