Separated families: Biden reunification program seeks to undo Trump border policy – The Washington Post

Three years, seven months and four days since U.S. immigration agents separated her from her son, Sandra was on her way back Monday to the San Ysidro border crossing.

The 48-year-old Mexican woman had packed her bag: three outfits, a pair of shoes and the birth certificate of her son, Bryan, whom she hadn’t seen since they were separated at the border in 2017, when he was 15.

He’s 18 now, and living in southern California. She was deported alone to Mexico. Her flight back to the border — to Bryan — was 12 hours away.

“I keep thinking about what it’s going to be like. How will I react? How will he react?” she said Monday by telephone. “He’s not the same boy I remember.”

Sandra and Bryan were among the thousands of families separated by the Trump administration in 2017 and 2018 under a policy to deter migration. When Sandra crosses into the United States on Tuesday afternoon, she and her son will be among the first reunited under the Biden administration — the start of a massive relocation of parents deported by one U.S. president and returned by another. In total, more than 1,000 families are expected to be reunified.

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