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Mother and son reunited at BWI after border separation

Posted at 5:40 AM, Jun 22, 2018

An emotional reunion at BWI airport Friday morning. 

A Guatemalan woman was detained at the U.S.-Mexican border and separated from her 7-year-old son, and now more than a month later, they're back together. 

Beata Mariana De Jesus Mejia-Mejia and her son, Darwin, arrived at BWI Airport on a Southwest Airline after being separated in Arizona on May 19. 

The pair were separated at the U.S. border in Arizona, and Darwin was one of 2,300 kids who was separated from their parents who faced charges of entering the country illegally. Mejia-Mejia sought the help of a Virginia law firm who sued the government on grounds that she didn't have a hearing before her son was taken away.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday states the due process clause of the fifth amendment does not allow the government to take kids away from their parents without a reason or a hearing. Then on Thursday, the Justice Department agreed to release her son.

Both mother and son are expected to live in Texas while she waits on her request for asylum to be decided.

Mejia-Mejia isn't the only one suing the federal government. Maryland, as well as ten other states, are suing the government for separating parents from their children at the border.