CHICAGO (CBS) — Three children traveling from Mexico who were detained at O’Hare airport for several hours have been reunited with their mother.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted that she appreciated the “responsiveness of [customs agents] following our conversation about the urgency of reuniting the three children with their mother.”
I appreciate the responsiveness of CBP following our conversation about the urgency of reuniting the three children with their mother. I also want to thank those on the ground at O’Hare whose quick and decisive actions helped ensure the resolution to the situation. https://t.co/0Uu17PqmnQ
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 18, 2019
The children, who are U.S. citizens, were returning to Chicago and were detained by Customs and Border Patrol agents along with the man who was authorized to travel with them.
Their parents are undocumented immigrants, and they feared the children were being used so that the parents could be detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The mother has picked up the girls pic.twitter.com/I7jlszYYYt
— Maria Ines Zamudio (@mizamudio) July 18, 2019
According to WBEZ’s Maria Ines Zamudio, the mother went to O’Hare with Mexican consulate officials.
CBP issued a statement on Thursday evening which said “by law, [the children] could only be released to a parent/legal guardian.”
There are false reports circulating that CBP is detaining 3 US citizen children at O’Hare. The children arrived with a Mexican citizen that was deemed inadmissible. By law, they could only be released to a parent/legal guardian. Their mother has picked them up without incident.
— CBP (@CBP) July 18, 2019