Two-Year-Old Hungarian Child Kept from Family Due to US Immigration Policy May Return Home
Hungary Today 2018.07.02.
According to Blikk, Levente, the Hungarian child separated from his parents, who stand accused of unlawfully entering the United States from Canada, may return home this week.
Last month, the case of the Hungarian boy separated from his parents because of President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy emerged. Hungarian tabloid Blikk reports that the boy may be brought back to Hungary from New York this week by his 23-year-old half-sister.
Levente is now being kept at a center in the Bronx while his parents are being held in Buffalo, 380 miles (610 kilometers) away. According to a friend of the family, the two-year-old does not speak English and can’t communicate with the center’s staff.
The Consulate General of Hungary in New York, Ferenc Kumin, visited the boy and told the press he deems the conditions at the center satisfactory, despite finding the boy’s lack of an appetite concerning.
The news of the separated 2-year-old even made the front page of Buzzfeed. The news portal said the case is “loaded with irony since Hungary has a staunchly anti-immigrant government.” Hungarian government spokesman Zoltán Kovács stated the government would do whatever it could but stressed that “the laws must be respected, especially with regard to the question of migration.”
Levente’s mother, Regina Zsigmond, and her husband flew from Hungary to Toronto last month, took a taxi to Montreal, and then paid an Uber driver to bring them to the US border, according to the Times Union.
Officials say the family was stopped on their way to North Carolina. Regardless, Zsigmond could face jail time for a previous case in which she fled the United States after overstaying her visa and was indicted in North Carolina for marriage fraud.
The separation of families, a key element of the ‘zero tolerance’ policy, was scaled back two weeks ago amid global uproar over the separation of more than 2,300 migrant families.