An Indian woman and her family are seeking asylum in the US. After she illegally crossed into America from Mexico, has been separated from her five-year-old differently-abled son, a media report said.
The Trump administration’s controversial “zero tolerance” policy of separating immigrant parents and their children on the US border has resulted in the separation of nearly 2,000 children from their parents and guardians, sparking a public outcry.
Bhavan Patel, 33, was granted a $30,000 bond by a Arizona court on Tuesday. However, it was not immediately clear if she was able to join her disabled son. This is the first known case of an Indian national who has been separated from her child in recent months under the ‘zero-tolerance’ policy.
So far more than 2,300 children have been separated from their parents after being arrested by the US law enforcement agencies after they illegally crossed the border.
After a nationwide outrage, Trump signed an executive order that stopped the practice.
The Post did not reveal when was she arrested.
Patel sat in an immigration courtroom, a tiny, solitary figure in a faded green prison uniform, the report said.
She fled political persecution in Ahmedabad, India, travelling to Greece and then Mexico before crossing the US border illegally with her disabled five-year-old son, Patel and her attorney said during a bond hearing.
Patel’s hair had started turning white. She wrung her hands incessantly, the daily said.
“Her son is not doing well,” said her attorney Alinka Robinson, as a telephonic translator relayed the proceedings to Patel in her native tongue of Gujarati, the daily said in its report from Arizona.
Robinson asked Judge Irene C Feldman to grant her client a USD 10,000 bond so she could “reunite with her son”.
The prosecutor from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement told the court that Patel was a flight risk.>