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
Heartbreaking audio was released by
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
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