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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

'Hello, Daddy': Migrant fathers describe emotional reunions by Respect Blues

EL PASO, Texas — Andre, 3, immediately recognized his father during an emotional reunion Tuesday after they had been separated for three months, his father said.
“He looked at me and said, 'Hello, Daddy,' and he gave me a hug,” Pablo Ortiz, a migrant from Guatemala, said in Spanish at a news conference Wednesday at Annunciation House, a Catholic charity in El Paso, Texas, that is providing shelter and legal services for migrant parents.
“I just gave thanks to God,” Ortiz said.
Roger, a father from Honduras, said he was so desperate and distraught that he cut himself and threatened suicide after his son, Roger Jr., 4, was taken from him when they sought asylum at a port of entry in February.
“It was too difficult for me. He is my only son — he is the reason for my life,” said Roger, who did not give his last name.
“We gave each other hugs, kisses. We didn’t want to let each other go," he told NBC News in Spanish about the reunion.
As their fathers spoke, Andre and Roger Jr. sat on their laps and played with toys, stamps and coloring books, sometimes hugging their parents. At one point, Roger Jr. shaped modeling clay and told his father in Spanish, "Daddy, I made a dinosaur!"