2 immigrant dads separated from sons while crossing US border reunited in NYC

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Candace McCowan reports the city council will meet on the issue Thursday.

Two immigrant fathers who were separated from their young sons for almost two months were reunited with their children in New York City.

A federal judge gave the Trump administration a Tuesday deadline for migrant family reunification, and the government announced Thursday that all "eligible" children under the age of 5 were reunited with their parents.

Javier Garrido Martinez was tearful as he and another migrant father, both Honduran natives, reunited with their 4-year-old sons Wednesday after 55 days apart.

He said those were "the worst days" of his life.

"From here on out, I promise, we will never be separated," Javier Garrido Martinez told his child.

Each father and son were separated shortly after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Advocates insist the government can find a way to enforce immigration policy without separating families.

"This is about respect. This is about the respect of human life," said New York State Senator Brian Benjamin. "We would not treat the broader community the way we are treating these families right now."

This week's deadline was the first of two set by a judge to reunify families.

The second deadline later this month calls for all children to be reunited with their parents. Each parent must receive ankle bracelets before the reunions.

This comes as several city council members planned to hold a hearing Thursday afternoon to try to provide social services to the hundreds of those migrant children who were sent to New York.

They said the children were sent with limited information from the federal government.

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