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Even As Social Services Group Looks To Help Reunited Families, 'There's No Trust'
July 28, 2018
NPR All Things Considered
The Trump administration says more than 1,800 children have been reunited with their parents. Caren Barrientos of Lutheran Social Services tells Michel Martin the separation left the children with an indescribable look of loss.

Administration: 1,820 children reunited after border split
July 27, 2018
Ellior Spagat and Colleen Long, The Associated Press
The Trump administration said Thursday that more than 1,800 children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border have been reunited with parents and sponsors but hundreds remain apart, signaling a potentially long wait for anguished families.

The federal government was under a Thursday deadline to reunify more than 2,500 children separated from their parents under a new immigration policy designed to deter immigrants from coming here illegally. The policy quickly backfired amid global outrage from political and religious leaders and daily headlines about crying children taken from their parents.

Phoenix nonprofit helps take in reunited migrant families on deadline day
July 27, 2018
Jessica De Nova, Channel 12 News
Thursday night marked the deadline for the Department of Homeland Security to reunite migrant children with their parents after they were separated at the southern border.

Thursday morning, 12 News spoke with several families minutes after they arrived at the Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest office.

Americans are stepping up to show reunited migrant families there’s more to their country than Trump
July 16, 2018
Dara Lind, vox.com
It might be as late as 8 or 9 pm when the Lutheran Social Services office in Phoenix, Arizona, gets the call: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has just reunited another group of asylum seekers with their children, and the newly reunited families — say, two vans, or 20 people in all — will arrive for intake in 10 to 15 minutes.

Lutheran Social Services Of The Southwest Helps Recently Reunited Families In Phoenix
July 25, 2018
Mark Brodie, Matthew Casey, KJZZ
Thursday is the court-ordered deadline for the federal government to finish reuniting migrant families. And a local nonprofit has been tapped to receive hundreds of these parents and children.

KJZZ’s Matthew Casey who spent a big chunk of Wednesday afternoon at Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest. He joined The Show to talk about what's happening.

Guatemalan Family Reunited In Arizona, Headed For Kentucky
July 25, 2018
Matthew Casey, KJZZ
Now Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest has one of the buildings set up to help hundreds of migrant families get reacquainted.

“Yesterday, they gave me back my boy,” Noel Cucul-Pop said in Spanish, as he sat next to the 8-year-old in an office.

Father and son fled Guatemala after getting beaten by a group of men sent by the owner of where they lived, Cucul-Pop said.

“They told me if I talk to the police, then they will kill me,” he said. 

More than 100 separated children reunited with parents in Phoenix
July 21, 2018
Daniel González and Pamela Ren Larson, Arizona Republic
At an office building in the heart of Phoenix, an unusual scene continues to play out.

A van pulls up multiple times each day and out climb several pairs of parents and children, each clutching their belongings in duffel bags or clear plastics bags stamped with the words Department of Homeland Security on the side. Read More > 

Reunited migrant families relieved but subdued, Arizona social service agency says
July 21, 2018
Perla Trevizo, Arizona Daily Star
Arizona is one of the locations nationwide where local groups are tasked with helping migrant parents after they’ve been reunified with their children as the government works to comply with a judge’s order. Read More>