After being separated at the border, they began a quiet life in Miami. What’s next?

Their separation was part of the controversial zero tolerance policy, which Attorney General Jeff Sessions officially announced a week later, in San Diego.

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Brenda Medina
Miami Herald
September 13, 2018

Organizations mentioned/involved: Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) (Miami)


It would be three months before they reunited, with the assistance from non-profit organizations that worked from coast to coast to help them.

Mendoza and her son are among the lucky ones. After the Trump administration halted the policy of separating parents and children at the border, and almost three months after a federal court ordered the reunification of the more than 2,000 separated families, nearly 500 minors remain in U.S. custody. In 366 of those cases, the parents have been deported.

At least 25 of the children still separated from their parents are in Miami-Dade, according to an attorney from Americans for Immigrant Justice, a legal aid organization that represents children held in shelters in South Florida.