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How Eva Longoria used her baby’s first photo to make an important point

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Everyone is talking about Eva Longoria’s Instagram post – and for good reason, too.

On Tuesday 19 June, Eva Longoria and her husband, José Baston, confirmed that they had welcomed their first child together – a baby boy, whom they have named Santiago Enrique.

Now, just days after giving birth, Longoria has thanked her fans for their well-wishes, and shared her son’s first photo with the world.

“Thank you everyone for showering my baby boy with all your warm wishes!” she wrote alongside the post.

Speaking out against the migrant children crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, the actress continued: “In light of my son’s birth I wanted to bring focus on the families that have been separated at the border. 

“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 message comes after more than 2,300 children were stripped from their parents and adult relatives after illegally crossing the border and placed in tent camps and other facilities, with no way to contact their relatives.

On Wednesday 22 June, after intense pressure, President Donald Trump signed an executive order calling for immigrant families to be detained together indefinitely, potentially ending the policy of forcibly separating children from their parents (the new policy may conflict with a 1997 consent decree that prohibits the government from imprisoning immigrant children for more than 20 days).

However, the POTUS has done nothing to address the plight of those youngsters who have already been separated from their parents.

Indeed, Brian Marriott, the senior director of communications for the agency, has said: “It is still very early and we are awaiting further guidance on the matter.

“Reunification is always the ultimate goal.”

This, according to a report by the New York Times, suggests that the children could be connected with other family members or “appropriate” sponsors living in the United States, not necessarily the parent they were separated from at the border.

As such, many advocates have expressed concern as to how – or if – the displaced children will be reunited with their parents.

Sarah Valdes, the supervising attorney of the children’s program in the Austin office of Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services(RAICES), told Vanity Fair: “After having been traumatized, separated from their families, and after finally having been able to live with an aunt or their parents who have been released from detention and finally trying to acclimate and build their lives, they still have an entire immigration proceeding ahead of them.”

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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