29 parents deported after being separated from their children re-enter US asking to be reunited

29 parents deported after being separated from their children re-enter US asking to be reunited

Nearly 30 parents crossed the southern border into the U.S. Saturday asking to be reunited with the children they were separated from after being deported over the course of the last year.

The 29 parents came from countries across Central America and crossed into the U.S. Saturday evening demanding asylum hearings in hopes of reuniting with their children, according to The Washington Post.

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The parents were aided in their journey to the U.S.-Mexico border by a team of immigration lawyers who are attempting to fight back against the Trump administration's family separation policy that impacted thousands last year.

More than 2,600 children were separated from their parents under Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy. The policy allowed for the criminal prosecution of all adult migrants who were detained after trying to cross the country’s southern border.

The Post reports the families were escorted into the U.S. by immigration agents who will assess each of their asylum claims.

NBC News reports the parents entered the country at a point of entry near Mexicali, Mexico.

The families collectively currently have 27 kids in U.S. custody, the youngest of which is 5 years old.

The Hill has reached out to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for comment on the matter.

Parents told NBC News they waited for hours before immigration officials agreed to process the asylum claims.

Some of the families have reportedly been separated for nearly a year, with some children still detained in DHS facilities and others placed in foster homes in the U.S.