After being released from an immigration detention facility in Arizona, Liliana Martinez traveled to Houston and then Corpus Christi in search of her 5-year-old son.
The 24-year-old Guatemalan mother was released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody Wednesday. Her son, Wanner, is among the estimated 3,000 children who have been separated from the adults they entered the country with, as a result of what’s known as the Trump Administration's “zero tolerance” policy.
Martinez and her son have been apart since May, but they were reunited in Corpus Christi after some back and forth with shelter operators.
“I don’t have a way to pay you back, but God will compensate you for your help," Martinez said to immigration advocates that have provided her with transportation and shelter since her release.
Martinez's Houston-based attorney, Mana Yegani, expressed frustration about the information they’ve been provided about the child’s whereabouts.
She's been “going from facility to facility begging to see her child,” Yegani said.
On Sunday, alongside a Corpus Christi-based attorney and a group of immigration activists, Martinez demanded to see Wanner at the Bokenkamp Children's Center for unaccompanied minors.
After being allowed inside Bokenkamp, Martinez later learned Wanner was not at the shelter, but actually with a foster family. She and her son were later reunited after a series of phone calls.
Migrant mother reunited with son in Corpus Christi
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