After giving birth to her son earlier this week, Eva Longoria is enjoying every moment of the early days of motherhood. But as she holds her baby in her arms, she can't help but think of the mothers at the center of America's immigration crisis.
The new mom took to Instagram to post a statement so many parents have posted in recent days: "Families belong together."
"In light of my son's birth I wanted to bring focus on the families that have been separated at the border," Longoria captioned a photo in which she's holding baby Santiago. "Having my son next to me, I cannot imagine him being taken from my arms. Families belong together which is why we must do what we can to reunite them."
Longoria's voice is just one of many calling for immigrant children detained separately from their parents to be reunited. Over the last week, outrage over the separation of child immigrants from their parents has swelled and reports of so-called 'tender age' shelters increased calls for change.
On Wednesday President Trump signed an executive order intended to "maintain family unity" for parents and children who cross the border together, but it did not address how families who are already separated might be reunited.
On Friday morning one mother, Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia, finally got her 7-year-old back in her arms. It took more than a month, a $12,500 immigration bond, and filing a lawsuit against U.S. government agencies for Mejia-Mejia to be reunited with her son Darwin.
The images of the pair's reunion at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport in Maryland illustrate the undeniable power of the maternal bond mothers—including Longoria—feel, and how heartbreaking it is to have that bond severed.
It's a pain Longoria, and many of us, cannot comprehend, and one Mejia-Mejia will hopefully never have to feel again. According to the Associated Press, Mejia-Mejia says she's not going to be away from Darwin again, and the mother and son will now be living together in Texas pending a decision on her asylum claim.