Go to WRC in the News library
WRC in the News

REUNITED AT LAST: Father and son, separated at border, now together in Providence

PROVIDENCE — The air was dry and heavy with heat in El Paso, Texas, on May 26, 2018, as U.S. Border Patrol agents lined up Nery Ernesto Ortega Lima, 44, and other men who had been apprehended crossing the southern border.

His son, Nery Osbeli Ortega Yanis, 15, and other children were placed before the adults.

Though the Trump administration said the Flores Agreement forced its hand in separating families, critics such as The Women’s Refugee Commission argue that families can be released together into the community while their immigration cases are pending.