Guatemalan Woman Who Entered U.S. In Arizona To Get Son Back

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 5:18pm
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 - 9:09am
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A Guatemalan woman who sued the federal government for taking away her 7-year-old son is going to get the boy back.

Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia and her son Darwin were apprehended in May after crossing the border near San Luis, Arizona, to seek political asylum.  Two days later, they were separated by federal agents. Mejia-Mejia was then sent to a detention center in Eloy, where she eventually learned Darwin was in Phoenix.

After passing an initial asylum interview, Mejia-Mejia was released from detention. She sued the government under the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment right to due process.

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Justice said it will release Darwin. The mother and son will be reunited on the East Coast, and travel to Texas, where they will live while the asylum claim is decided.

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