Ecuador managed to reunify a total of 83 children with their parents in Italy and the United States, separated from their parents by issues of social assistance and migration problems, respectively, said on Tuesday July 31 to Efe the Ecuadorian chancellor, José Valencia.
According to the minister, last week, two minors who were separated from their mother in the United States were reunited after several days of separation in which they had the support of the diplomatic legations of Houston and New York.
He specified that the reunification was finalized on Thursday, July 26, and assured that Ecuador maintains constant monitoring to ensure that children can continue with their “normal life.”
In an interview with Efe, the head of the Ecuadorian diplomacy indicated that the parents of the children born in Ecuador did not have the documentation in order in the United States, which led to the separation.
“The children also had part of their family in the United States, but, of course, a reunification of the children with their biological parents is always better than with other relatives, however close they may be,” said Valencia.
Due to the policy of zero tolerance applied by Washington, nearly 3,000 children of different nationalities were separated from their parents but, before a demand of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), federal judge Dana Sabraw determined that this rule was contrary to the law and ordered the Government to proceed with the reunification of the families.
On the other hand, in Italy, there are 81 minors who returned to their homes since the implementation of the project to support Ecuadorian families who face conflicts with the authorities of that country.
In the most recent case, at the beginning of the month Ecuadorian citizens recovered the guardianship of two teenagers and reunited in the city of Genoa with their parents, after having remained under the protection of social services in that country for eleven years due to circumstances that they have been publicly clarified. (I)