WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man seeking asylum in the United States has reunited with his family in Wichita after spending 2½ years in an Arizona detention facility.
Hector Yaujar arrived in Wichita on Wednesday, the Wichita Eagle reported. His wife, Claudia Amaro, was waiting at the airport with their 15-year-old son, who did not know that his father was returning home.
Yaujar was living in Wichita with Amaro when he was deported in 2005 for allegedly using a fake Social Security number. Amaro had grown up in the U.S. after being brought into the country legally at the age of 12. She did not have legal status when her husband was deported.
Amaro followed her husband to Mexico with their son, but she eventually returned to the U.S., where she was briefly detained in Eloy, Arizona in 2013. Amaro turned herself in, along with eight others, to authorities in protest of U.S. immigration law, dressed in graduation caps and gowns symbolizing immigrants who arrived in the country as children and grew up in the U.S., but without legal status.
They were released after less than three weeks. But when Yaujar tried to re-enter the country two months later, he was detained.
Through fundraisers, Amaro was able to collect the money to have her husband released on $8,000 bond.
The couple requested asylum in the U.S. in 2013, and their case goes to court in 2019.
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