Undocumented immigrant girl, teased by US immigration official, enjoys her first day of school

An undocumented girl, who was ridiculed by a border patrol officer for crying after she was separated from her mother, has enjoyed her first day of school in the U.S. 

Alison Valencia, six, became one of the poster children of President Donald Trump‘s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy, after trying to enter the country near Harlingen, Texas, and being berated by an officer for crying after being separated from her mother.

Heartbreaking audio was released by ProPublica. Throughout the recording Alison and other children are repeatedly heard screaming ‘Mami’ and ‘Papa’ just moments before the border agent drowns out their sobs with a joke. 

Alison Valencia and her mother Cindy Madrid meet with the media after their release from two immigration detention centers in Texas in July

Alison Valencia and her mother Cindy Madrid meet with the media after their release from two immigration detention centers in Texas in July

Alison Valencia and her mother Cindy Madrid meet with the media after their release from two immigration detention centers in Texas in July

‘Well, we have an orchestra here,’ he’s heard saying. ‘What’s missing is a conductor.’  

She was finally reunited with her mother a month later on July 13, after Trump signed an executive order ending the separation of children from their parents at border entry points. This week she started school.

Speaking in Spanish, Alison told Telemundo she was excited about taking on her first day of classes and wants to learn English. ‘Today I was very sleepy when I awoke because only slept half the night,’ she said.

 Cindy Madrid and her daughter Alison Valencia arrived in the United States on June 13 and were immediately separated under President's Trump "zero tolerance' immigration policy

 Cindy Madrid and her daughter Alison Valencia arrived in the United States on June 13 and were immediately separated under President's Trump "zero tolerance' immigration policy

 Cindy Madrid and her daughter Alison Valencia arrived in the United States on June 13 and were immediately separated under President’s Trump ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy

‘What excites me the most is being able to return to school, have new classmates, make new friends.’ 

Valencia and her mother, Cindy Madrid, 29, made it across the Rio Grande River on a raft that was operated by a smuggler on what was the last step of a month-long trip trying to flee the violent streets of El Salvador.

For a six-year-old already looking forward to her first day of classes, she already had one challenging task.

She must memorize her aunt’s phone number so that if she were to be separated from her mother by officials from the United States Customs and Border Protection agency again then she could contact her.

After her first day she said: ‘It went well and I made a lot of buddies,’ Valencia said. ‘We ate a lot of things for lunch.’ 

A Salvadoran mom and daughter share a heartfelt moment exactly a month after they were separated from each other and detained at different immigration detention facilities in Texas

A Salvadoran mom and daughter share a heartfelt moment exactly a month after they were separated from each other and detained at different immigration detention facilities in Texas

A Salvadoran mom and daughter share a heartfelt moment exactly a month after they were separated from each other and detained at different immigration detention facilities in Texas

 

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