3 Children Detained, Released By Immigration Police At O'Hare Airport

Jim Gudas
July 19, 2019 - 7:44 am
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Three children who are U.S. citizens were detained at O’Hare International Airport for roughly 13 hours by Customs and Border Patrol agents after their older cousin's tourist visa was questioned.

Anna Marin is the organizing director with the PASO West Suburban Action Project, who was at O’Hare as the situation unfolded.

"I am relieved that the children were finally released into the custody of their mother. It is tragic that these children had to be detained, alone," she said.

She said the girls ages 9, 10 and 13 were being escorted by an older cousin on a trip from Mexico, when the cousin’s tourist visa was questioned by Customs and Border Patrol.

At first the family offered to send an immigration lawyer as an authorized representative to pick up the children, but that was rejected.

Finally the girls’ mother, who Marin said is undocumented and feared arrest, went to the airport and was allowed to leave with the girls. The cousin was to be sent back to Mexico.