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3-Year-Old Asked To Pick Parent In Attempted Family Separation, Her Parents Say


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SOURCE: https://www.npr.org/2019/07/15/741721660/follow-up-what-happened-after-a-border-agent-asked-toddler-to-pick-a-parent
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The officer said, 'You said [you want to go] with mom.' "Tania and her husband, Joseph, said they spent parts of two days last week trying to prevent the Border Patrol from separating their family. Tania and Joseph said they spent parts of two days last week trying to prevent the Border Patrol from separating their family.Morning Edition reported last week on the Honduran family, who were sent back to Juárez, Mexico, after crossing into El Paso in April. The judge said he didn't have the authority to remove the family from MPP but asked the Department of Homeland Security lawyer to take note of Rivas' concerns.On Thursday, Sofi was examined by a doctor working on contract for DHS, who told Border Patrol agents the girl had a serious heart condition, Rivas said. Only you and your children.' And the doctor said it's important for the family to stay [together], and even the doctor said 'They entered as a family and they have to leave as a family.' "The agent insisted on the separation and asked Sofi which parent she wanted to go with, Tania said. Rivas asked the family be removed from Migrant Protection Protocols because of Sofi's heart condition.The Department of Homeland Security did not respond to NPR's questions about the family's treatment while in Border Patrol custody or about the decision to remove them from MPP and allow them to stay in the U.S.DHS guidelines say that people with "known physical/mental health issues" are exempt from MPP, but the Border Patrol twice sent Sofi and her family back to Juárez — the first time in April, then again in June after El Paso Catholic Bishop Mark Seitz brought the family to a port of entry and implored that they be allowed to stay in the United States because of the child's illness.The family fled Honduras after Tania witnessed her mother get killed.

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