But it also underscored that hundreds, potentially thousands, of other parents and children are still apart nearly two years after the zero-tolerance policy on irregular border crossings took effect.
“They all kind of hit the lottery,” said Linda Grimm, lawyer who represents one of the parents returning to the US.
In June 2018, US District Judge Dana Sabraw ordered the government to stop separating families and reunite parents and children.
Byron Xol, an immigrant from Guatemala, opening gifts during his birthday party in Buda, Texas.
Andrea was separated from all family for about a month, living in a shelter as the government struggled to connect children with their parents because they lacked adequate tracking systems.