A Brazilian woman seeking asylum in Boston was reunited with her 9-year-old son on Saturday after the boy spent 45 days in federal custody.
The pair crossed the U.S.-Mexico border together, but were stopped by immigration officials. The boy was held in a detention center in Texas.
The reunion happened at Boston Logan International Airport, where the boy arrived by plane.
Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, director of the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, has been representing the woman in court and was on hand for the reunion — just days after lawyers argued in court for the boy’s release.
“It was incredibly moving,” Espinoza-Madrigal said. “It was the culmination of a tremendous legal battle.”
Espinoza-Madrigal said the woman and her son will face a long legal fight ahead to stay in the country.