Video Captures Emotional Reunion Between Asylum Seeker And His 6-Year-Old Son After 2-Month Separation ????

Hermelindo Che Coc was emotional as he reunited with his son, Jefferson, who was taken from him and held in a detention center for 46 days. 

Che Coc and Jefferson were detained at the border in El Paso, Texas, before being seperated, while traveling to the United States from Guatemala. The two of them were seeking refuge from a crime-stricken area. Jefferson was held in a shelter called Cayuga Centers in New York.

For the first 25 days Che Coc was detained, he received no information on the whereabouts of his son.

Che Coc spoke to his son once he was released, and Jefferson said:

Papa, I thought they killed you. You separated from me. You don’t love me anymore?

Che Coc assured his son that he loved him and wasn’t leaving him:

No, my son. I’m crying for you. I promise, soon you will be with me.

He was able to speak to his son just three times in almost two months after they were separated at the border.

Jefferson was the first child to reunite with his parent in the state of California. Donald Trump and his administration are scrambling to meet the court-ordered deadline to reunite almost 3,000 immigrant children with their families.

Someone caught the moving moment on video:

Che Coc spent the night before cleaning, cooking, and buying him new clothes:

I want him to walk in here and know he’s home. I’m his papa and we’ll always be together.

He whipped up his son’s favorite meal, chicken soup, and purchased some new sandals, a few outfits, and a blanket in hopes of cheering him up and making him feel welcomed and at home.

Jefferson has two younger siblings who are still in Guatemala with their mother. “He’s the love of my life, my hero,” the proud father said of his 6-year-old son.

Once morning came, Che Coc waited, cried, and prayed, counting the minutes until he could see his son:

Nancy and Guario, caseworkers in New York, assured Che Coc that his son was fine, being taken care of, and attending school. But after seeing the empty gaze in his son’s eyes and seeing him so void of emotion, Che Coc insists that wasn’t the case. Che Coc cried and gave his son a hug, which was met with a stiff body and a vacant stare.

Jefferson appeared to be traumatized and drained of emotions:

This is not how I gave them my son. My son has come back to me sick.

People were both devastated and heartbroken:

People noticed the empty gaze and speculated Jefferson had endured severe emotional trauma during the separation, which would explain his behavior upon seeing his father. Some believe he will need professional help from a therapist to recover from his experience.

Jefferson’s trauma seemed obvious to Twitter users:

People are horrified by what these children are going through:

H / T – Twitter, LA Times