For the past three years, David and his son, Adelso, have only communicated over the phone. Adelso is just one of about 5,500 children taken from a parent, as a result of the Trump administration’s family separation policy. They are among more than 1,000 families who have been waiting for the Biden administration to fulfill its promise of reunification. Now there is a new sense of hope as the Biden government has begun to reunite a handful of families. But the story of David and Adelso – divided between Guatemala and Florida – offers a first-hand look at the ongoing psychological effects of the separation … … and how the delay in family reunification has in some cases encouraged people to make a desperate journey to the United States David and his companions The son spoke with us on condition Not using their full names and concealing their identities. Since his imprisonment and deportation, David has remained out of sight in the countryside, evading gangs who he says have blackmailed his trucking business and threatened his family before fleeing to the United States, and David was deported to Guatemala after spending 30 days in the United States. Imprisonment for the crime of illegal return. David, his wife, or their other children have not seen Adelso since. “We can make America, once again, the leading force for good in the world.” Days after taking office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to reunite families separated under the Trump administration. “Re-establishing the inter-agency working group and reuniting families.” This week, as immigrant concerns approached their highest level in 20 years, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it will bring four mothers to the United States to reunite with their children. The United States will bring together another 35 or so families in the coming weeks as part of a pilot project that David and Adelso may be part of. But this is only the beginning, and the process of reuniting all families can take months or even years. In David, a town of several thousand people, I found three other parents who had been forcibly separated from their children under “zero tolerance.” Melvin Jacinto and his 14-year-old son attempted to enter the United States to find work that would pay, among other things, his daughter’s hip surgery. Melvin and his wife Rosendo, the son of Martha, now live with a relative in Minneapolis. They also rely on video calls to keep in touch. The truth is, work here is really rare. Melvin takes jobs he can find, but the family relies on money sent from Rosendo, their teenage son, who is now working in the US. We visited the homes of other parents who had separated from their children at the border and were told: (D) has already made the return trip to reunite them. She let me talk to her husband on her phone. He said he met his son in Fort Lauderdale and was staying in a house with other immigrants. We’ve heard of other parents too, who have been deported to Guatemala and Honduras, who have already made the perilous journey to reunite with their children. According to an immigration attorney, about 1,000 separate children were unable to see their parents again. They had to grow up quickly, placed in the care of foster families or relatives. For the past three years, Adelso has been living with his aunt, Teresa Queenis, in Boca Raton, Florida. He went to school and played football in his spare time, but he was still traumatized by what happened in Guatemala and at the border. Unlike some separate kids, Adelso has support. “Yes, sure. I’ll go there in the morning, too. Yes -” his Aunt Teresa came to the United States as an unaccompanied minor, and later became a legal resident. She stepped in to give Adelso the care she wouldn’t have had when she came to the United States as a teenager. “I can say I understand his pain, not being with mom and dad. Living with someone familiar, somehow – it’s still different.” Once a month, Adelso speaks with a pediatric psychologist at Florida State University’s Center for Child Health and Stress. The service is paid through a government settlement for families separated under a “zero tolerance” policy. Adelso is one of many children affected by the “intolerance” that Natalia Falcon now works with in South Florida. “I’ve worked with Adelso and his family for a little over six months. We see a lot of sleep problems. You know, they can’t sleep, and they can’t sleep or nightmares, right. We have to look at nightmares very carefully, those recurring memories, flashbacks to this.” Traumatic event as one of the main symptoms of PTSD Studies show that childhood trauma, if left untreated, can negatively affect health and relationships for a long time into adulthood. I just want to be alone. “That’s why I’m trying to get him out and do things with him.” After his separation from his father, Adelso spent two months in a New York shelter with other separated children before Teresa finally released. I still remember seeing him get out of the airport. His little face, like – It’s heartbreaking, and sometimes I see him now, he’s grown a lot into this, at this time he’s here, he’s very mature and hard to see also because like life pushes you to be mature. You don’t enjoy being a kid. ” For now, Adelso and David continue to work with their attorneys and hope to be part of the first wave of reunions. As for David, he told us that he can only wait for a long time, and that he is also considering paying a smuggler to cross into the United States and seek asylum again.