Harlem Rep. Espaillat Reunites Honduran Mother, Rosa Amelia, With Separated Children

August 16, 2018

Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat released the following statement on the successful reunification of Honduran mother, Rosa Amelia Peralta, with her children today at the Cayuga Center located in East Harlem.

“My office worked diligently with the Cayuga Center, Univision News, Catholic Charities Los Angeles and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to ensure the successful reunification of Rosa Amelia Peralta and her husband, Juan Carlos, with their two children, ages 9 and 11 years old,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13). “From the time I was made aware, my staff worked around the clock to ensure and confirm this family would be brought back together.

“The Trump administration continues to miss each court ordered deadline to right its wrong of family separation, and its gross mishandling of tracking and reuniting parents with their children. Today is a victory for this Honduran family, but still much work remains as progress by the Trump administration has remained abysmally low. 386 parents have already been deported while their children remain in limbo. My heart breaks each time I hear their stories, the difficulty they experience as they wait for their day in court for due process, and of their treatment at ICE detention centers as they seek asylum here in the U.S., the land of dreams. Even more troubling, there remain at least 26 children who this administration knows nothing about, and who could potentially become orphans because of this reckless policy that further endangers their lives and their futures,” he concluded.

To date, Rep. Espaillat has successfully reunited three previously separated immigrant families, including mothers Yeni Gonzalez and Rosayra Cruz. He is currently working to assist other families and has been the only elected official actively engaged with the Cayuga Center to help ensure family reunification. Rep. Espaillat continues his efforts in Congress to promote family unity under the extraordinary circumstances created by the reckless policies being put forth by the Trump Administration.

In Spanish

Hoy, el congresista Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) emitió la siguiente declaración sobre la exitosa reunificación de la madre hondureña, Rosa Amelia Peralta, con sus hijos, realizada hoy en el Centro Cayuga, ubicado en East Harlem.

“Mi oficina trabajó diligentemente con el Centro Cayuga, Noticias Univision, Caridades Católicas de Los Ángeles y el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos (HHS) para lograr la reunificación exitosa de Rosa Amelia Peralta y su esposo, Juan Carlos, con sus dos hijos, de 9 y 11 años de edad”, dijo el congresista Adriano Espaillat (NY-13). “Desde el momento en que me avisaron, mi personal trabajó las 24 horas para garantizar y confirmar que esta familia volvería a estar unida.

“La Administración de Trump sigue pasando por alto cada fecha límite ordenada por la corte para corregir su error de separar familias, y es grave el mal manejo que ha hecho de rastrear a los padres para poderlos reunir con sus hijos. Hoy es una victoria para esta familia hondureña, pero aún queda mucho trabajo por hacer, ya que el progreso de la Administración Trump ha permanecido abismalmente bajo. 386 padres ya han sido deportados mientras sus hijos permanecen en el limbo. Se me rompe el corazón cada vez que escucho sus historias, la dificultad que experimentan mientras esperan su día en la corte para el debido proceso, y del trato que reciben en los centros de detención de ICE mientras buscan asilo aquí en los Estados Unidos, la tierra de los sueños. Aún más preocupante es que hay al menos 26 niños de los que esta Administración no sabe nada y que podrían quedar huérfanos debido a esta política imprudente que pone en peligro sus vidas y su futuro”, concluyó.

Hasta la fecha, el Cong. Espaillat ha reunido exitosamente a tres familias inmigrantes previamente separadas, incluidas las madres Yeni González y Rosayra Cruz. Actualmente está trabajando para ayudar a otras familias y ha sido el único funcionario electo comprometido activamente con el Centro Cayuga para ayudar a garantizar la reunificación familiar. El Cong. Espaillat continúa sus esfuerzos en el Congreso para promover la unidad familiar bajo las circunstancias extraordinarias creadas por las políticas imprudentes que ha establecido la Administración Trump.

Photo credit: Rosa Melia with children and Rep. Espaillat.

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