Mother Warns Immigrant Families After 2 Month Separation from Daughter

 

A mother was reunited with her daughter in a Miami airport Sunday after being separated for 2 months under President Trump's zero tolerance immigration policy.

Buena Ventura Martin Godinez was separated from her 7-year-old daughter in May when she attempted to cross the Mexico border into the U.S. with her infant son and her husband crossed with their daughter, who were caught and detained in separate facilities. The girl was in custody at a child welfare agency in Michigan where she frequently called her mother asking when they would be able to see each other again.  

The family fled northwestern Guatemala to seek refuge in the U.S. after they received threats from violent gangsters demanding money.  

Godinez is still waiting for her husband, Pedro Godinez Aguilar, to be released after he was convicted of the misdemeanor offense of illegal entry into the U.S. and awaits almost certain deportation. 

After reuniting with her daughter, Godinez had a warning for other families attempting to cross the border. 

"I would advise people to find another country to seek refuge ... because here the law is very tough. People don't have a heart," she said with tears streaming down her cheeks. "Your child is a treasure and to have them separated is very painful."

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