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Immigrant parents are overjoyed to be reunited with their children but deeply scarred by being torn apart from them for months.
Roger Ardino, from Honduras, said he cut his wrist with a razor because he was so traumatized after being separated from his four-year-old son Roger Jr.
Hundreds of other families were separated after they crossed the U.S. border under Donald Trump's policy to deter immigration from Mexico.
Roger Ardino, from Honduras, was happy to be back with his four-year-old son, Roger Jr, who sat on his lap and played with the microphones
Mr Ardino held up his wrist and told reporters that after they were separated, he threatened to use a razor on himself if he couldn't speak to his son
Many children were sent to government-contracted shelters or foster care hundreds of miles away from where their parents were detained.
Mr Ardino was happy to be back with his son who sat on his lap and played with the microphones as he spoke to reporters.
He said he was still shaken by the ordeal he had to go through just to speak to his boy while he was in government custody from February.
He described feeling a pain in his heart and like he couldn't breathe after his son was taken away.
Mr Ardino held up his wrist and told reporters that after they were separated, he threatened to use a razor on himself if he couldn't speak to his son.
'I cut myself here in the veins. They saw I was not joking and they saw I was being very serious,' he said.
Pablo Ortiz said he was separated from his three-year-old son Andre for three months and refused to go back to Guatemala unless he could take his son
Jose and his three-year-old son Jose Jr, from Honduras, share a moment after they were reunited in Phoenix on Tuesday
Mr Ardino said he was so traumatized from losing his child that he need to be put under observation by a psychologist.
'My son is my adoration. He is the only child I have with my wife... I had a panic attack that almost killed me,' he said.
He alleged his son told him he was hit by the people taking care of him, and a friend was bathed in cold water because he misbehaved.
Mr Ardino spoke on Wednesday at Annunciation House, an El Paso, Texas, shelter, along with another father, Pablo Ortiz, recently reunited with his child.
'I was completely traumatized,' he said in Spanish.
'Every time I spoke to him, he would start crying. Where are the rights of children? I thought children were supposed to be a priority here in the United States.'
Hermelindo Che Coc, of Guatemala, kneels as Father Tom Carey, left, Rev. David Farley and Reverend Matthias Peterson-Brandt, right, pray over him before a required check-in with immigration enforcement authorities on Tuesday
Cosijopii Mendoza, six, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, holds a drawing of an immigrant mother and child at an immigration rally outside the federal courthouse
Mr Ardino said he planned to live with relatives in the United States as his asylum case was processed, which could take years.
Mr Ortiz said he was separated from his three-year-old son Andre for three months and refused to go back to Guatemala unless he could take his son.
'I did not know where he was. They weren't telling me where my son was,' he said.
'I was crying, I was alone. I hadn't talked to my wife, I hadn't told her anything. Once they gave a minute to call her, I told her that they took our son and then she also cried.'
They were finally reunited recently and will stay with relatives in Ohio while their claims are processed.
'He looked at me and said 'hello, Daddy' and he gave me a hug,' he said.
Immigrant families leave a United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility after they were reunited in San Antonio
Hermelindo Juarez, 14, (second from left) looks around at his home country, as he and his father, Deivin Juarez (left) step off a chartered flight from the U.S. in Guatemala City, Guatemala, after the two were deported
Meanwhile in New York, Javier Garrido Martinez spoke through tears as he held his four-year-old son, who fed a Dorito to his father as he sat on his lap.
The Honduran father and son had been apart for 55 days - 'the worst days' of his life.
It wasn't immediately clear how many children remained in detention facilities.
Many other children who should be reunited with their families are still in detention or foster homes as their parents can't afford the often more than $1,000 plane tickets, either to other parts of the U.S. or back to their home countries.
Late last month, U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego set a 14-day deadline to reunite children under five with their parents and a 30-day deadline for older children.
He asked the government to return to court on Friday to give an update on how many families had been reunited.
The administration faces a second, bigger deadline on July 26 to reunite more than 2,000 older children with their families.
Families separated under President Donald Trump administration's zero tolerance policy return home to Guatemala City after being deported