Holding her tears back, Sanjuana Galicia remembers the call she received from her son, Francisco Edwin Galicia, after weeks of not hearing from him.

“It’s been Saturday, Sunday, Monday and today Tuesday, four days that I’ve been in communication with him,” the mother explained in Spanish. 

Four days ago was the first time Galicia was able to speak with her 18-year-old son while he was ICE custody.

His 17-year-old brother, Marlon, has been deported and is now in Reynosa, Mexico with his grandmother.

“I’m devastated, I don’t know what to do. I have one son in Mexico and the other detained. I feel bad, I’m heartbroken,” she added.

She shared the last thing she told them as they headed to a scouting event for soccer players.

“I told them to be careful, that I love them, like I always tell them. I gave them my blessing and told them to let me know when they arrived to the destination —they’re my reason being,” Galicia said as she fought back tears. 

She hopes after this her sons will be able to continue pushing towards their goals.