Immigrants Reunited With Their Children After Release From Detention In TX

The Emotional Scene as Migrant Families Are Reunited in Texas

A Getty photographer captures parents and children together as the court-ordered deadline approaches.

The federal government has until July 26 to reunite some 2,551 children between the ages of 5 and 17 with the parents from whom they were separated when they tried to cross the border into the United States. Behind that number are the very real families who've spent, in some cases, months apart, with no clear idea if and when they'd be together again. At the Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas, Getty Images photographer Joe Raedle met parents and children given safe haven at the facility after they were reunited by I.C.E. officials. Here, a look at some of the images Raedle captured. Above: A man identified as Antonio hugs his 7-year-old son, Vauldio (subjects gave first names only). The two are from Guatemala and were separated for two and a half months.

Rene and his son Oscar, after they were reunited on July 25. Originally from Guatemala, they were separated for two months. The Annunciation House is <a href="https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/immigration/2018/07/17/el-paso-shelter-annunciation-house-immigrant-children-family-reunification-trump-policy/789515002/" target="_blank">one of four non-governmental facilities</a> that are receiving reunited families as they are released. <a href="https://annunciationhouse.org" target="_blank">The shelter&#39;s website</a> said it expects to receive 1,000 families. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Rene and his son Oscar, after they were reunited on July 25. Originally from Guatemala, they were separated for two months. The Annunciation House is one of four non-governmental facilities that are receiving reunited families as they are released. The shelter's website said it expects to receive 1,000 families. Gonzalo and his 10-year-old son, Evelio, on July 19. They were separated for 63 days. As of July 24, Annunciation House said it had received 250 families into its facilities. &quot;Sometimes it’s one family that arrives, other times it might be five or six. Releases have tended to take place later in the afternoon, evening, and even as late as midnight,&quot; <a href="https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/immigration/2018/07/24/250-immigrant-children-reunited-parents-el-paso-since-ice-reunifications-started-immigration-customs/830272002/" target="_blank">officials said in a statement</a>. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Gonzalo and his 10-year-old son, Evelio, on July 19. They were separated for 63 days. As of July 24, Annunciation House said it had received 250 families into its facilities. "Sometimes it’s one family that arrives, other times it might be five or six. Releases have tended to take place later in the afternoon, evening, and even as late as midnight," officials said in a statement.

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Ubaldo with his 6-year-old son, Fernando. They were separated for two months. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Ubaldo with his 6-year-old son, Fernando. They were separated for two months. Tomas with his 13-year-old daughter, Yessica. They were separated for two months. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Tomas with his 13-year-old daughter, Yessica. They were separated for two months. Nelson with his daughter, Jenifer. Originally from Brazil, they were separated for one month and 20 days. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Nelson with his daughter, Jenifer. Originally from Brazil, they were separated for one month and 20 days. Renan with his 11-year-old son, Nathan. Originally from Honduras, they were separated for about two months. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Renan with his 11-year-old son, Nathan. Originally from Honduras, they were separated for about two months. Emiliano with his 8-year-old son, Hermy. From Guatemala, they were separated for about two months. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Emiliano with his 8-year-old son, Hermy. From Guatemala, they were separated for about two months. From Guatemala, Leon with his daughter 11-year-old daughter Anaveli. They were separated for about two months. On June 24, the director of Annunciation House, Ruben Garcia, <a href="https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/immigration/2018/06/24/el-paso-annunciation-house-help-30-parents-separated-immigrant-children/729151002/" target="_blank">spoke at a press conference</a> and evoked the uncertainty that lies ahead for these families: &quot;I wish I could tell you what the future might look like, but for right now, I&#39;m gratified that we have stopped, as a country, taking children away from parents.&quot; Joe Raedle/Getty Images From Guatemala, Leon with his daughter 11-year-old daughter Anaveli. They were separated for about two months. On June 24, the director of Annunciation House, Ruben Garcia, spoke at a press conference and evoked the uncertainty that lies ahead for these families: "I wish I could tell you what the future might look like, but for right now, I'm gratified that we have stopped, as a country, taking children away from parents."



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