Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Migrant Mom Sues Trump, Seeks Reunion with Son

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Migrant Mom Sues Trump, Seeks Reunion with Son

Article excerpt

A Guatemalan mother who crossed the border illegally in May with her 7-year-old son has sued the Trump administration, accusing officials of forcibly taking away her child as punishment for coming to the U.S. to seek asylum.

In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Guatemalan mother, Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia, describes being taken to a holding cell with her son after being apprehended by Border Patrol agents on May 19 near San Luis, Arizona.

The 39-year-old woman told the agents she was escaping severe violence in Guatemala and death threats, including death threats by her husband against her and her son, according to a copy of the lawsuit, first reported by The Daily Mail.

Two days later, men in green uniforms told her they needed to take her son but would not tell her why, the lawsuit says. …

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