July 08, 2010
Nearly a decade had passed since Zulma Arevalo last laid eyes on the baby boy she left behind in El Salvador. She always knew that someday they would be reunited — and that moment came last year, after Enrique, then 9, was caught crossing illegally into the United States to join her. Because of Enrique's age, authorities summoned Arevalo, who was in Omaha. “It was so strange,” the mom recalled. “I left my son as an infant, and I didn't recognize him. We just stood there staring at each other. “Then we hugged.” Arevalo, who has temporary protected status in the United States, was able to take the boy, pending the federal government's final decision on his deportation. Enrique, who turned 11 this past weekend, easily transitioned into a household of mixed U.S. citizenry. He has lived there since March 2009, the middle of five kids. His family time here could end, however, after a Monday immigration hearing. Cindy Gonzalez, Omaha World-Herald, July 6, 2010.