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Cambridge, MA immigration lawyer Jeff Goldman talks about a powerful case in which his firm was able to reunite a mother and her child who were separated upon arriving in the United States.

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in the spring of 2018
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my law firm received a telephone call
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from a woman who was speaking Portuguese
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and hysterically crying trying to
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explain to us that she had entered the
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United States over the border in from
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Mexico and that her child had been
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removed from her arms and put into a
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cage-like structure where she could see
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the child but she wasn’t allowed to talk
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to him and she certainly couldn’t touch
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him and when she woke up the next
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morning he and all the other children
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were gone and nobody could tell her
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where her son was she told us that she
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was out of her mind
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trying to find her son and that she had
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been flown here to Massachusetts against
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her will she insisted to the authorities
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that she was not leaving Texas until she
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knew where her son was and they said
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that they also didn’t know where he was
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and that she would be flying to
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Massachusetts because she had a distant
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relative here in Massachusetts and when
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she got off the plane one of the first
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calls she made was to my law firm
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evidently she had received the name of
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my law firm from a friend before she
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even arrived in the United States and so
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she called and we were in shock of
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course we had been reading about the
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president’s separation of parents and
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children and feeling terrible about it
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not sure how we were going to be able to
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help and suddenly here was a woman
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asking for help we quickly mobilized and
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I assigned two lawyers and one paralegal
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who spoke Portuguese full-time to help
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this woman and over the course of just
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one week we were able to help her locate
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the child contact the government
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authorities and when they refused to
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release the child at our expense we flew
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the one lawyer and a paralegal to
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Chicago where the child was being held
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we filed lawsuit in federal court in
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Chicago and not 24 hours later a federal
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judge for the first time reunited a
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parent and child forcing the government
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to
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the child it was very exciting and very
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gratifying before we could turn around
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we were inundated with calls from not
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just the media but other mothers and
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fathers who have been separated from
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their children and within the next five
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months we successfully helped reunite 11
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parents with their children I drank that
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as the most interesting exciting and
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gratifying moments of my career
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