Buena Ventura Martin-Godinez desperately came to the United States for her children, only to have them torn from her arms. Today, however, they were reunited.
When the 7-year-old was taken from her mother, the two were not only separated by walls, but by half of the United States. While in detention, the little girl celebrated her eighth birthday and suffered a tooth infection, and her mother was powerless to do anything.
The family had entered the United States fleeing threats from violent gangsters demanding money, she told the Associated Press. The mother came first with their infant son and her husband came two weeks later with their daughter. All were taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol as part of President Donald Trump's no-tolerance policy.
"I never thought it would be like this," said Martin, who worked as a nurse in Guatemala. "I see now that it's not true that people count here, that the laws protect families. It's a lie."
A federal judge ordered the U.S. government to reunite more than 2,000 children that were separated from their parents and families. They have 30 days to do so, or 14 days in the case of those children younger than 5-years-old.
Today, this family was finally reunited after 60 days. The little girl hesitated to let go of her mother.
You can watch the reunion below: