Immigrant Mother Finally Got Her Baby Back At Border, But Says Her Son Was Covered in Lice

A Mexican woman says she and her 14-month-old son were separated at the U.S-Mexico border for nearly three months. Her son was taken from her following Trump's institution of his 'zero tolerance' policy, which caused thousands of families to be ripped apart.

Even though Trump reversed the policy a month later, in the aftermath, it's been difficult to undo what was done. A mother finally got her baby back, but she was shocked at his condition after he spent the last few months in the care of Border Patrol.

Olivia Caceras was thrilled to get her baby back from ICE after being apart from him for 85 days. When she got him back, though, the mother claims her son had 'changed'. She began to worry about his condition.

"He continued to cry when we got home and would hold on to my leg and would not let me go," the mother said, reports AOL.com. " "When I took off his clothes, he was full of dirt and lice. It seems liked they had not bathed him the 85 days he was away from us."

Caceras has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over the incident. Some 17 states have come forward to back the lawsuit.

The Trump administration has been slammed for the sloppy policy, which resulted in nearly 3,000 children being separated from their parents and detained in chain-link fence enclosures. Many have referred to the enclosures as 'cages' and have complained about the deplorable conditions in which the children were kept.

Just about a month after enacting his 'zero tolerance' policy, the President flipped on the issue due to the backlash and mounting pressure. He signed an executive order on June 20 to end the separation order, but reuniting the families affected by the policy has been slow-going.

The Trump administration has been performing DNA tests on parents and children to ensure the children are being returned to their actual parents. Adults attempting to cross the border with children who are not their own has been a problem in the past because families, up until recently, had been given better treatment than individuals.

Since Trump’s policy was put into effect, parents and children were separated with no warning whatsoever. In some cases, children and parents were lured apart under false pretenses, such as one case in which authorities said they were bringing a little girl to have a bath.

They then brought her to a detention center more than a thousand miles away, and it took over a month before the child was even allowed to talk to her mother on the phone.

A federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to reunite all children under age five with their parents by no later than July 10. For children ages five through 17, ICE has until July 26. The mismanagement of the caseloads with the Trump administration’s fear of allowing an undocumented immigrant to go free has proven to be very slow going, however.

People all over the country have been holding protests against the policy, and the horrible results of the policy. Millions of dollars have been raised in public fundraisers in order to help with legal and financial issues that might facilitate a speedier reunion for many families.

Source: AOL
Photos: Danil Roudenko/123RF Stock Photo, U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Flickr, Johan Lenell /123RF Stock Photo

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