CHICAGO — A woman from Brazil, who was detained while seeking asylum, has filed a federal complaint to be reunited with her 9-year-old son, who she says is being held in Chicago after the pair was separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The two were split apart due to the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy.
Lawyers for Lidia Karin Souza said she entered the U.S. with the permission of Department of Homeland Security but was arrested, detained and separated from her son, Diogo.
Souza was released on a her own recognizance after seven days in custody.
She is now staying with relatives in Massachusetts, and is being represented by lawyers there.
"We just want the 9-year-old child back in his mother's arms," Attorney Jesse Bless said.
Diogo was taken to a shelter, which is one of five in the area.
Souza's case is one of 2,000 similar ones playing out across the country as reunification between parents and kids gets bogged down by bureaucratic red tape among federal agencies.
Sen. Dick Durbin sent a letter to the secretary of Health and Human Services asking for the immediate reunification of these families.
"This Administration's policies have created a humanitarian and health crisis that we have a moral obligation to rectify. You must reunite these children and parents immediately," he said.
Souza saids holding her son again can't come soon enough.
Since being detained, her son turned 9.