This Is America? ACLU Video Shows Young Boy Not Recognizing His Own Mother After Being Separated for Months

Aug 27, 2018
5:41 PM

If the following video from the ACLU doesn’t get to you, then you have no soul.

According to the ACLU, the video shows the first time since the Reyes-Mejía family was reunited after being separated due to the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy:

On July 10, Ever and his son were reunited at an ICE station in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The ACLU of Michigan, along with community volunteers, were tasked with finding clothing, transportation, and short term housing for the family. They then traveled to Houston to reunite with Sammy’s mother and 5-month-old sister who had been released from detention after seeking asylum themselves.

The reunion that followed offers a window into just what medical experts warned: For children, the trauma of separation doesn’t disappear as soon as they have been reunited with their parents. It can, in fact, last for years, if not forever.

This is just a glimpse of what happened to just one family.

As the ACLU added:

As of August 16, the government had reunited more than 2,000 children with their parents, following the court’s order forcing it to do so. Among the reunited families, there have been reports that many of the children are exhibiting sights of mental health issues and trauma, including anxiety and fear that their parents will be taken away again.