Family separation has manifested itself in many forms, none as shocking to the United States as the Family Separation Crisis in 2018. Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center was at the forefront of the crisis, fighting to release parents from detention and reunite them with their children.

The Hill  July 2019

The Hill

July 2019

parents say border patrol asked migrant toddler to pick which parent got to stay with her in us: report

"The agent asked her who she wanted to go with, mom or dad," Tania, the three-year-old girl’s mother, told NPR through an interpreter. "

New York Post  July 2019

New York Post

July 2019

toddler asked to pick parent in attempted family separation at us border: report

A US border patrol agent attempting to separate a migrant family asked a 3-year-old Honduran girl to choose which of her parents got to stay in the country and which was sent back to Mexico, the couple claimed in a report.

The Hill May 2019

The Hill
May 2019

court ordered review finds possibly thousands more cases of family separation

A lawsuit from the ACLU had led to a court ordered reunification of all separated families. However, a recent watchdog report indicated that there could still be over a thousand separated families not included in their records.

NBC News May 2019

NBC News
May 2019

botched family reunifications left migrant children waiting in vans overnight

After expecting to be reunified with their parents in a matter of thirty minutes, children waited as long as 29 hours in hot vans after being intercepted by ICE.

Public News Service May 2019

Public News Service
May 2019

Long lasting effects of family separation policy likely for children

Forced separation from parents creates profound stress for a child, and long-lasting separation also prolongs the body’s stress responses, leaving them constantly feeling unsafe.

The New Yorker January 2019

The New Yorker
January 2019

The Uncounted Families Torn Apart at the Border by the Trump Administration

A new government report found that thousands of children were separated from their parents, but the exact figure is still “unknown.”

Democracy NOW! July 2018

Democracy NOW!
July 2018

As Gov’t Says 3,000 Migrant Children Are in Custody, Detained Mothers Are Organizing to Find Their Kids

While the government struggles to reunite families who have been separated at the border under President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, one detained Honduran woman has been organizing mothers behind bars to help find their children. The New Yorker reports that Mabel Gonzales has carefully documented the cases of mothers who have been separated from their children at a detention facility in El Paso, Texas, where she is currently jailed. 

Democracy NOW! July 2018

Democracy NOW!
July 2018

From Separating Families to Jailing Asylum Seekers, Trump Admin Accused of Criminalizing Migration

The Department of Health and Human Services still has not disclosed how many migrant children they are holding who have been separated from their parents at the border. Last week, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said 2,047 separated minors were still in the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. But the department has refused to give updated numbers, even though the Trump administration is facing a July 10 court-imposed deadline to reunite all separated children under the age of 5 with their parents.


July 1, 2018

el paso times

Immigrant advocates’ need for support doesn’t stop now

Despite court order to reunite families in 14 to 30 days, advocates such as Linda Rivas, the executive director of Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, urge that we must keep our eyes on the issue.


June 29, 2018


Why Reuniting Migrant Families Is So Difficult

NPR's David Greene talks with Linda Rivas, an immigration attorney in El Paso, Texas, about the difficulties of reuniting parents separated from their children.


Trump admin ran ‘pilot program’ for separating migrant families in 2017

The numbers show the government was separating migrant kids from their parents prior to the zero tolerance policy implemented in May.