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Family separated after entering country illegally reunited in Grand Rapids

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI (CNN) -

Three children taken in through a back door at the ICE office in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, eager for a familiar embrace.

"I want them to be able to see their children, hold their children. They haven't been able to see their boys in three months. These parents are distraught. They feel this is the cruelest thing that could ever happen," said April Valdes, Immigrant Rights Attorney with ACLU Michigan.

Bethany Christian Services, ICE, and attorneys with the families all coordinated to make it happen. But it wasn’t smooth.

"We've been getting the run-around from ICE. Not until the past hour did we know it was going to happen here. Our clients were being housed in Calhoun County Detention Center, and this morning we were just told they were going to be put on a bus towards Grand Rapids," Valdes said.

WOOD TV in Grand Rapids was told the family was too exhausted to speak with the press, but cameras were rolling as a father and son from Honduras, separated after entering the United States illegally, were reunited.

Now they are together again after three months apart.

"Just being separated from their parents, not knowing why, not knowing if they're going to get to see them again. We couldn't tell them if or when they were going to see their parents again because we didn't know up until today for these three, and the remaining there's about 50 in Michigan that remain," said Ana Raquel Devereaux, an Attorney with Immigration Rights Center.

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