9 parents separated from families return to children in US

9 parents separated from families return to children in US
David Xol-Cholom, of Guatemala hugs his son Byron at Los Angeles International Airport as they reunite after being separated about one and half year ago during the Trump administration's wide-scale separation of immigrant families, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Source: AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

(AP) - Nine parents who were deported as the Trump administration separated thousands of migrant families landed back into the U.S. to reunite with children they haven’t seen in a year and a half.

The group arrived at Los Angeles International Airport from Guatemala City on Wednesday night.

The trip was arranged under the order of a federal judge who found the U.S. government had unlawfully prevented them from seeking asylum.

Some of the children were at the airport to greet them, a powerful reminder of the lasting effects of Trump’s separation policy.

David Xol-Cholom, of Guatemala, cried as he hugged his son Byron inside the airport. Pictures of Esvin Fernando Arredondo’s tearful reunion with his daughters, Andrea, Keyli and Alison, also were captured by AP photographers.

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