A group of Americans sprang into action to help an immigrant mom reunite with her kids.
Yeni González came to the U.S. from Guatemala with her three children, and her kids were sent to New York after she was detained in Arizona. But after a New Yorker heard her story on NPR, a group formed quickly to help. The group of volunteers called Immigrant Families Together organized for her to make the 2,000+ mile trip from Arizona to see her kids again.
“It shows that you don’t have to wait for the government or for any politician to do what you socially are responsible to do,” said one of the volunteers named Francisco Collazo. “Decency is a human right.”
Yeni’s children were not released to her the day she was reunited with them, but relatives in North Carolina have agreed to sponsor them. Her lawyer said he hopes to reunite them permanently as soon as possible.
“This has been the saddest thing that has ever happened in my life, being separated from my children on May 21. Since then, I haven’t seen them.” Yeni said. “I am very happy today and grateful to God that I’ve been able to see my children for the first time in over a month.”