In a historic, court-mandated return, nine migrant parents who were deported from the U.S. in 2017 and 2018 were reunited with their children early Thursday, reports CBS News.
Escorted by a group of advocates, the parents arrived at Los Angeles International Airport in the middle of the night eager to see their children.
“I don’t have words to express what I feel. It’s something really big,” Fernando, a migrant father from Guatemala, told CBS News in Spanish. “We all deserve an opportunity in life. And to all the parents who are watching us, who are separated from their children, have patience, have faith and pray a lot because miracles exist.”
The reunion was made possible through a court ruling issued last September by the federal judge overseeing the case.
In June 2018, U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw ordered the government to stop separating families and reunite parents and children.
At least 470 parents were deported without their children. Some of the kids were held in U.S. government facilities and ultimately placed with sponsors. Others were deported to their home countries.