Chicago grandmother pleas for custody of three grandchildren

CHICAGO – A Chicago grandmother seeks custody of her three grandchildren after her father was brutally murdered in Mexico last year.

Maria, Regina and Johann Vargas were left alone on the streets of Cancun last year after their father’s body was found in pieces. Her mother was later arrested for her role in other horrific crimes.

“I don’t want these children to get into the hands of traffickers, they are killers and we would never have seen these children,” said Julie Contreras of United Giving Hope.

With the help of Mexican priests and nuns, these children found their way to the United States border. The children aged 9, 6 and 5 arrived traumatized and the youngest cannot speak at all.

“One of the priests went all the way in and sat with the child until the child was handed over to the Office for Refugees and Relocation,” Contreras said.

It was almost a year since their father’s murder, and the children are still not reunited with their only family in the United States, their grandparents in Chicago.

The kids are technically in the care of the US Office of Refugee and Resettlement, but proponents say the kids are offline because the family knows nothing about their whereabouts or conditions.

“This country is celebrating Independence Day, but for whom? Not for children in cages, ”said lawyer Vanessa Alas.

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