Uncertainty looms for migrant families at the U.S. southern bord

Uncertainty looms for migrant families at the U.S. southern border

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas -

The federal government has until Thursday, July 26 to reunite more than 2,500 children with their parents. They've identified about 1,600 who are eligible. The rest are being vetted. Some of these families are asylum seekers, fleeing danger and death in their native countries.

"There aren't enough jobs, if there is any it's only seasonal," said Ernesto Lopez Ramirez, a Guatemalan migrant. "You will only work a day or two, another thing is that there are a lot of gangs in Guatemala."

Risking his life, Ramirez left his native country in search for the American dream, leaving behind his wife and four children, traveling with his oldest son. They're both hoping to find a job that will provide for their family back home.They began their journey on June 29 reaching the U.S. southern border two weeks later.

Once on American soil Ramirez and his son were detained and separated by Immigration and Custom Enforcement. 

"I was worried," said Ramirez. "I was worried thinking to myself what's going to happen."

Ramirez and his son were held in the same detention center in McAllen, Texas. He said he was relieved to know that his son was close by. They actually got the chance to see each other for twenty minutes a day, before being released four days later. They are now facing uncertainty in the country. 

"They gave me permission to stay here, but they did not give me permission to work," said Ramirez. "So like I have mentioned previously we are searching for a better way of life, hopefully God can give us a chance."

Ramirez and his son are now in North Carolina with family and friends where they will face a series of hearings in front of an immigration judge.

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