For One Immigrant Mom, a Partial Reunion in Time for Mother’s Day

A Venezuelan mother was recently reunited with her daughter in Teton County, Idaho, but her son is being held at an immigration detention center in Mississippi.
Mother and daughter holding hands
Jazmín holds hands with her adult daughter in Idaho after the pair spent more than five years apart. (Alicia Unger/KHOL)


The Biden administration announced Monday that it plans to start reuniting some families who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border under the Trump administration this week. At the same time, the White House has been struggling to handle large numbers of migrants arriving at the southern border, which some experts say can be partially explained as a seasonal pattern and also as a result of myriad factors in Central and South American countries.

One family with ties to Teton County, Idaho, was part of the ongoing influx at the border. KHOL Spanish language correspondent Alicia Unger reports on how their experience shows that some families are still getting separated during unauthorized crossings to the U.S. Listen above to hear news director Kyle Mackie interview Unger about her work in English and then the full story in Spanish.


Mother and daughter embrace

Jazmín, who asked to only be identified by her first name because she fears deportation, embraces her daughter in Teton County, Idaho. The daughter also asked not to be named for this story because of concerns for her family’s immigration status. (Alicia Unger/KHOL)

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About Alicia Unger

Born in Mexico City, Alicia is a multi-platform journalist with more than 20 years of experience in radio and television. As a news producer, anchor and reporter, Alicia has earned several Emmy nominations and awards. Currently, she also serves as KHOL's Spanish-language correspondent.

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