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Baby didn’t initially know parents at reunion

Associated Press

San Pedro Sula, Honduras – A baby who came to symbolize the U.S. government’s policy of separating immigrant families didn’t recognize his parents at first when they reunited in Honduras.

Adalicia Montecinos cried Friday, saying her son, Johan Bueso Montecinos, “suffered everything that we have been suffering.”

The 15-month-old boy arrived in Honduras five months after being separated from his father at the Texas border. Johan’s father was deported and the boy remained in U.S. custody at an Arizona shelter.

The boy’s case triggered international uproar when The Associated Press detailed his appearance in a U.S. courtroom.

Johan soon warmed to his parents Friday, laughing as he received kisses outside a center where they finished final legal paperwork before heading home.

Montecinos said she couldn’t be happier to have her son back but she’s also angry she was kept from her son for months.

The baby became the embodiment of the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents. While they were apart, his parents missed him taking his first steps, speaking his first words and having his first birthday.