El Salvadoran Mother And Son Separated Since June 13 At US Border Reunited At BWI

The Migrant Journey: A Tearful Reunion of Mother and Son

After more than a month apart, a 7-year-old sees his mother again.

More than 2,500 migrant children held by the U.S. government must be reunited with their parents by the court-ordered reunification date of July 26. But the latest numbers from the Department of Justice show there is still a lot of work to be done. Lawyers for the department revealed last Friday that only 450 children between the ages of 5 and 17 had so far been reunited with their parents. Getty Images photographer Win McNamee captured one such reunion on July 23 at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport in Maryland. Here's the story of one mother and son from El Salvador.

ANXIOUSLY WAITING Win McNamee/Getty Images ANXIOUSLY WAITING Mother Arely and her attorney Sophia Gregg are pictured at BWI Airport. Arely and her 7-year-old son, Andy, were separated on June 13 upon entering the U.S., in keeping with the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy. Arely was detained at the Port Isabel Detention Center in southern Texas, while Andy was sent to New York. A TIGHT EMBRACE Win McNamee/Getty Images A TIGHT EMBRACE Mother and son finally hug after more than a month apart. In late June, New York governor Andrew Cuomo estimated the state was housing some 700 separated migrant children, and it's been reported that at least half of those children were sent to one Harlem-based facility.

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A MOTHER'S GAZE Win McNamee/Getty Images A MOTHER'S GAZE The Trump administration has already fallen short on an earlier reunification deadline of July 10, when all children under the age of 5 were to be reunited with their parents. (The July 26 deadline addresses children age 5 and up.) As of that earlier date, only 54 of the 102 children eligible had been reunited. AN EMOTIONAL DAY Win McNamee/Getty Images AN EMOTIONAL DAY Seven-year-old Andy wipes away tears. WALKING TOGETHER Win McNamee/Getty Images WALKING TOGETHER Andy leaves the airport with his mom Arely's protective arm around him.



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