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Guatemalan boy reunites with father after weeks in Kansas

Dozens housed at Topeka facility under federal contract

July 25, 2018 - 4:46 am

Before 14-year-old Guatemalan Samuel Cazun left a Kansas nonprofit to be reunited with his father, he gave staff members the sketches of their faces he had drawn to help them remember him.

Dozens of children were housed at The Villages in Topeka under a contract with the federal government. Samuel was among as many as nine there who were separated from family members at the southern border under the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy on illegal immigration.

It has been more than a month since immigration agents took Samuel away from his father after the two waded across the Rio Grande into Texas following about 15 days traveling by bus from Guatemala. On Monday afternoon, Samuel and his father, Edvin Cazun, tearfully embraced at the Cincinnati airport.

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