After Decades Apart, Mexican Parents Reunited With Undocumented Children In Round Rock

The Palomas Mensajeras program was put together through the efforts of the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin and the government of the State of Michoacán

By Ashley LopezAugust 17, 2018 10:00 am| , , ,

From KUT:

“My daughter, my sister!” Rosa Barriga Barriga yelled through tears in Spanish.

Barriga, who had flown to Texas from Michoacán state in Mexico, hadn’t seen her sister and two of her children in roughly 24 years. They hugged in the middle of a pavilion at St. William Catholic Church in Round Rock on Friday.

“My daughter, my sister!” Rosa Barriga Barriga yelled through tears in Spanish.

Barriga, who had flown to Texas from Michoacán state in Mexico, hadn’t seen her sister and two of her children in roughly 24 years. They hugged in the middle of a pavilion at St. William Catholic Church in Round Rock on Friday.

“I don’t recognize you anymore,” Barriga said as she turned to her son, who was holding a child of his own.

The family and dozens of others were reunited as part of the “Palomas Mensajeras” (homing pigeon) program. This event – the first of its kind in the Austin area – was put together through the efforts of the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin and the government of the State of Michoacán.

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