Avenatti helps Guatemalan boy reunite with his mother

Avenatti helps Guatemalan boy reunite with his mother
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Stormy Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, helped reunite a a nine-year-old Guatemalan boy with his mother this week. 

CNN reported on Wednesday that Avenatti completed the effort on Tuesday while representing Antony Ortiz Enriquez, who had been separated from his mother, Elsa Ortiz Enriquez, for over two months as a result of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could MORE's "zero tolerance" policy at the southern border. 


Antony had arrived at a courtroom in Houston earlier this week after being in the custody of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. His mother on the other hand had already been deported back to Guatemala, according to CNN.

Antony was told by a judge that day that he could "voluntarily depart" the U.S., a process that could take the government as many as 60 days. 

That's where Avenatti came in, who, along with civil rights attorney, Ricardo de Anda, represented Antony in his case. Avenatti said at the court on Tuesday that he would be prepared to escort Antony back to Guatemala, but the court insisted that its procedure be the one carried through, according to CNN. 

"This is an outrage, and now we have to work through bureaucratic red tape in order to ensure this boy is released at some point, and it could take upwards of 45 to 60 days. It makes no sense," Avenatti said, according to CNN. "I am offering to take him today, right now." 

CNN notes that Avennatti was later reached by an HHS official who agreed that the attorney's offer to take temporary custody of Antony and reunify him with his mother was justified. 

Eight hours after the court hearing, HHS employees escorted Antony to George Bush Intercontinental Airport and handed him to Avenatti and de Anda. Three hours after that, Antony arrived in Guatemala and was greeted by his mother, according to CNN.

"It ends today at 81 days for Antony and Elsa," Avenatti tweeted. "But continues for over 500 others..."

Avenatti's effort to reunify the Guatemalan child with his mother comes as many lawmakers continue to scrutinize the Trump administration over how it will reunite every family that was separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Avenatti is currently representing adult-film star Stormy Daniels, who is suing President Trump and his personal attorney Michael Cohen for defamation and to void a nondisclosure agreement that blocks her from speaking publicly about an alleged affair with Trump years ago.

But he's also offered offered legal services to migrant parents who have been separated from their children. In addition, he's continued to make his voice heard on issues related to immigration, and has said he's considering running for president in 2020.