BALTIMORE, Md. – 7-year-old Darwin Meija-Meija had been apart from his mother for over a month after being separated at the border. Friday morning, they were reunited at BWI Marshall Airport.
Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia and her son crossed the border into the United States in May after fleeing violence from their home country, Guatemala.
On May 19, border patrol took Mejia-Mejia into government custody and took her son to a child detention center as part of President Trump’s zero tolerance policy that was responsible for separating over 2,300 children.
The mother and son met again around 3 a.m. at the airport. Government lawyers pledged to reunite the family less than a day after Trump issued an executive order to discontinue the policy.
Mejia-Mejia has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. with Nexus Derechos Humanos, which specializes in human and civil rights. The lawsuit claims the government acted unconstitutionally by denying her due process.
The lawsuit says Mejia-Mejia and her son were seeking asylum in the U.S. after she and her son received death threats from her husband.
Officials with Department of Homeland Security say that 500 children have been reunited with their families so far.