Two-Year-Old Boy Kept from Family Due to US Immigration Policy Returns Home
Levente, the Hungarian child separated from his parents, who stand accused of unlawfully entering the United States from Canada returned home Monday morning with his half-sister.
As we have previously reported, the case of the Hungarian boy, who has been separated from his parents because of President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy emerged last month.
Levente was kept at a migration center in the Bronx while his parents were held in Buffalo, 380 miles (610 kilometers) away. The two-year-old was kept for more than two weeks at the center without his family. He does not speak English and couldn’t communicate with the center’s staff.
He was brought back to Hungary from New York by his 23-year-old half-sister with the help of John Young, friend of the family and Hungarian star lawyer Péter Rónai, who represented Levente in the case.
Laura told Hungarian television RTL Klub that her family went to Canada for a week and they only wanted to go to the US for visiting. However, according to the Times Union, the 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. Officials say the family was stopped on their way to North Carolina.
Ferenc Kumin said that the parents are still being held in Buffalo. The father will be deported from the US soon, while the mother has to appear in court for a previous case in which she fled the United States after overstaying her visa and was indicted in North Carolina for marriage fraud for which she could face jail time as well.
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.”
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.