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Reunion of 6-Year-Old with Family After 9 Months

After the administration tore thousands of children away their parents, it then deported hundreds of parents without their children.

Due to the administration’s failure to maintain records, 90 of these deported parents were impossible to find. They had no cell phones, lived in rural villages and many only spoke rare indigenous languages. Finding these 90 parents -- much less reuniting them with their babies --was impossible.

But you are the people of the impossible. So, through Together Rising, you funded the warriors at Al Otro Lado and Justice in Motion with $1,090,000 to set up a network of advocates to trek through the mountains to find these parents.


One is J Jesus. He and his precious 6-year old son Ariel came to the US in May to seek asylum due to gang violence. Even though he begged for Ariel to be deported with him, officials tore Ariel from his arms before he was deported.

Ariel’s dad, mom and sister were losing hope that they’d ever see him again. Six year old Ariel was held in shelters for months. He hadn't seen his family for 10 months.

Until Friday.

On Friday, the Together Rising team took Ariel to the airport to await a plane bringing his mother, father and sister back into his arms. Right before his family landed, he looked up at Sister and said, in Spanish, "I don't remember what they are like." She showed him a picture of his family, and he beamed with joy, recognition and relief.

He was held in his family's arms just minutes later.

Thank you for being the people of the impossible -- for making this reunion possible. We will not rest until every family is reunited. 17 parents we crossed with on Saturday are still being detained in terrible conditions. We need help so they can be reunited with their babies.

Every Ariel deserves to be in their parents' arms, so please give what you can. 100% of what we receive from your tax-deductible gifts will go to advocate for, support and reunite these families. You can give here.

Thank you to the incredible Al Otro Lado, Justice In Motion, Families Belong Together and Border Kindness for your tireless love & fury for these families.