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Offbeat A son is separated from his father at the border, then comes a wrenching call

06:35  11 july  2018
06:35  11 july  2018 Source:   latimes.com

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On the day the government rushed to reunite dozens of families separated at the border , one immigrant father showed up to a federal appointment downtown fearful that he would be deported without his 6-year-old son . Hermelindo Che Coc came from Guatemala in late May to seek asylum

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LOS ANGELES - On the day the government rushed to reunite dozens of families separated at the border, one immigrant father showed up to a federal appointment downtown fearful that he would be deported without his 6-year-old son.

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José, 5, a child who was separated from his father at the United States border , keeps drawings of “It’s heart- wrenching .” Janice does not blame José’s parents for putting him through the ordeal. The phone calls were separate : His father remains in detention, and his mother is in Honduras.

[A family was separated at the border , and this distraught father took his own life]. “Your honor, he’s been separated from his son ,” said assistant federal public defender Azalea Aleman-Bendiks. For Meyers, the challenge is not only logistics but the wrenching stories of families being torn apart.

Hermelindo Che Coc came from Guatemala in late May to seek asylum with his son, Jefferson Che Pop, his attorneys said. His son was taken from him with little explanation, he said, and sent to a shelter in New York.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials asked Che Coc on Tuesday morning to appear before an officer as part of his removal process.

But officials promptly dismissed him because they could not locate his file, said Lindsay Toczylowski, executive director with Immigrant Defenders Law Center.

He left the court free for now but still no closer to being united with his son. His case underscores the confusion and heartbreak that has marked the Trump administration's efforts to reunite families this week. While some children were placed with parents Tuesday, many more families remain separated, not knowing when they would see one another again.

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Instead the father was imprisoned for crossing the border illegally and his toddler was placed in federal foster care. Blood came out of his nose and buttocks. One made a call . “Your son ’s not going back today,” he announced. No one could tell him more.

"I can't sleep. All night, every morning I pray. I ask God that he will soon return my son," Che Coc said. "I came with him. I carried him in my arms. I ask God to put him back in my arms as soon as possible. Without him I can't be happy."

Che Coc came from Guatemala in late May to seek asylum with his son, his attorneys said. His son was taken from him with little explanation, he said, and sent to a shelter in New York City.

Toczylowski said her client's missing file was "further evidence of the chaos that's come from these border separations."

"Now we're going to do everything we can to reunite this father with his son as soon as possible," she said.

Officials with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would not comment on Che Coc or his son. They issued a statement:

"HHS is continuing to work overtime to connect minors with verified parents within the current time constraints required by the court. Due to the safety and security of the unaccompanied alien children in our care, we cannot discuss the identities of any minor children."

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As the heart- wrenching stories of babies snatched from their parents’ hands at the border start to “If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as When he was deported three months later no one could tell him where his son was beyond saying he

The Trump administration was under court order to reunite children younger than 5 by Tuesday. An additional 2,000 to 3,000 children must be reunited by a July 26 deadline.

Officials this week said they would be able to meet the judge's first deadline only partially, returning about half the 102 young children to parents.

Those families have spent weeks apart in far-flung detention centers and shelters nationwide. They have had limited phone contact with one another and the outside world. Lawyers also said some separated parents have been pressured into agreeing to deportation in order to reunite with their children.

On Monday, Justice Department attorney Sarah Fabian said reunited families would be released together on immigration parole into the community. They will then be able to pursue their immigration cases or asylum claims as a unit.

Some parents were not eligible to rejoin their children because they have criminal backgrounds or were found to not be the child's parent.

An additional 12 parents were deported from the United States without their children.

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Outside the federal building Tuesday, Che Coc choked back tears as he spoke about his son, Jefferson. He couldn't imagine leaving the United States without him.

Attorneys representing the 31-year-old are still piecing together what took place after he and his son were detained at the border.

He left his wife and two younger children in San Andres, Peten, due to danger and crime that permeates everyday life in Guatemala.

He was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents near El Paso on May 28. The following day his son was taken from him.

"They told me the law that allows you to enter with children didn't exist anymore," he said, referring to asylum. "They took me to jail and I wasn't sure what the motive was."

He also said he signed a series of documents, though he was not sure what those documents said because they were in English.

Toczylowski believes Che Coc may have unknowingly signed an expedited removal, triggering his deportation before he could apply for asylum, a protection granted by international law. Illegal entry charges brought against Che Coc were dismissed.

"Unfortunately, Hermelindo was denied his due process rights when he was in Texas," she said. "We believe he was not given a credible fear interview and did not see a judge."

He's now scheduled to appear before an ICE officer in October.

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A Honduran father who was arrested and forcibly separated from his wife and child while trying to enter the United States, killed Muñoz, his wife, and their three-year-old son crossed the Rio Grande at the small Texas town of Granjeno on May 12, seeking to apply for asylum, according to border

“If you don’t want your child separated , then don’t bring them across the border illegally,” Sessions said. “It’s not our fault that somebody does that.” I even had my son ’s birth certificate proving I am his father . …

Due to the limited space at detention facilities in Texas, Che Coc was released with an ankle monitor.

He said those days in detention were wrenching. For 25 days, he had no news about his son. He was a given a phone number to call, but the calls wouldn't go through.

He finally connected with Jefferson once he reached Los Angeles by bus in late June.

He learned his son was in New York City at Cayuga Centers, an agency that has housed several hundred kids separated from parents in foster care.

That first phone call quickly went from joyful to unbearable.

"Papa, I thought they killed you," Jefferson told his father, crying. "You separated from me. You don't love me anymore?"

"No, my son," Che Coc told him. "I'm crying for you. I promise, soon you will be with me."

Each day since, Che Coc waits anxiously to hear from two caseworkers, a woman and a man he knows simply as Nancy and Guario.

They tell him that Jefferson is in school, that he's clothed, fed and cared for.

This brings the father little comfort. His worries his boy may feel even more isolated than other children because he mostly speaks Mayan Q'eqchi'.

The last time Che Coc spoke to Jefferson about a week ago he saw his son's face via video. There was a prominent bruise on his forehead.

"I fell off the bed," the boy said, crying.

"It's OK, this happens sometimes," Che Coc told him, struggling to find the right words.

He wanted to comfort his son, to tell him that he was going to heal and be OK, but the reception was bad.

The call was cut short.

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Family reunifications: 450 down, roughly 1,900 to go by Thursday .
The Trump administration has reunited at least 450 families separated at the border with children 5 and older, including almost 100 just overnight. But there are still roughly 1,900 who need to be reunified or ruled ineligible by next Thursday, and a government attorney warned "some complicated issues" will pop up in the coming week. Still, at a court hearing Friday afternoon, the judge who last month ordered the government to put back together the families it had separated at the border said he was very pleased with how things are going.

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