Palomas Mensajeras reunites families / by Montinique Monroe

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. Mexican parents wait to be reunited with their children, whom they have not seen in more than a decade. The Consulate General of Mexico in Austin and the government of the State of Michoacán assisted parents with applying for tourist visas that will last ten years. A program called Palomas Mensajeras (homing pigeons) came to the Austin area to reunite the families. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. Mexican parents wait to be reunited with their children, whom they have not seen in more than a decade. The Consulate General of Mexico in Austin and the government of the State of Michoacán assisted parents with applying for tourist visas that will last ten years. A program called Palomas Mensajeras (homing pigeons) came to the Austin area to reunite the families. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. Maria Flores waits to be reunited with her granddaughters, whom she has not seen in 15 years. The Consulate General of Mexico in Austin and the government of the State of Michoacán assisted parents with applying for tourist visas that will last ten years. A program called Palomas Mensajeras (homing pigeons) came to the Austin area to reunite the families. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. Maria Flores waits to be reunited with her granddaughters, whom she has not seen in 15 years. The Consulate General of Mexico in Austin and the government of the State of Michoacán assisted parents with applying for tourist visas that will last ten years. A program called Palomas Mensajeras (homing pigeons) came to the Austin area to reunite the families. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. After decades apart, Mexican parents reunite with their undocumented children living in Round Rock, Texas. With help from the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin and the government of the State of Michoacán, each parent received a tourist visa, which will allow them to travel to the U.S. for six months at a time. A program called Palomas Mensajeras (homing pigeons) came to the Austin area to reunite the families. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. After decades apart, Mexican parents reunite with their undocumented children living in Round Rock, Texas. With help from the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin and the government of the State of Michoacán, each parent received a tourist visa, which will allow them to travel to the U.S. for six months at a time. A program called Palomas Mensajeras (homing pigeons) came to the Austin area to reunite the families. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. Volunteers Lizbeth Hernandez (middle), 14, and Monica Barriga (left) roll tortillas during a family reunification event. Palomas Mensajeras (homing pigeons) came to the Austin area to reunite families who’ve been separated for over a decade because of undocumented status. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. Volunteers Lizbeth Hernandez (middle), 14, and Monica Barriga (left) roll tortillas during a family reunification event. Palomas Mensajeras (homing pigeons) came to the Austin area to reunite families who’ve been separated for over a decade because of undocumented status. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. After decades apart, Mexican parents reunite with their undocumented children living in Round Rock, Texas. With help from the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin and the government of the State of Michoacán, each parent received a tourist visa, which will allow them to travel to the U.S. for six months at a time. A program called Palomas Mensajeras (homing pigeons) came to the Austin area to reunite the families. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. After decades apart, Mexican parents reunite with their undocumented children living in Round Rock, Texas. With help from the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin and the government of the State of Michoacán, each parent received a tourist visa, which will allow them to travel to the U.S. for six months at a time. A program called Palomas Mensajeras (homing pigeons) came to the Austin area to reunite the families. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. Rafaela Orozco waits to be reunited with her sister, whom she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. Rafaela Orozco waits to be reunited with her sister, whom she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. Santiago Garcia, 2, plays with his big cousin Andrea Orozco, as they await the arrival of Orozco’s aunt whom she hasn’t seen in over a decade. The Government of the State of Michoacán assisted parents with applying for tourist visas that will last for ten years. A program called Palomas Mensajeras (homing pigeons) came to the Austin area to reunite the families. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. Santiago Garcia, 2, plays with his big cousin Andrea Orozco, as they await the arrival of Orozco’s aunt whom she hasn’t seen in over a decade. The Government of the State of Michoacán assisted parents with applying for tourist visas that will last for ten years. A program called Palomas Mensajeras (homing pigeons) came to the Austin area to reunite the families. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. Ambassador Carlos González Gutiérrez, Consul General of Mexico in Austin, speaks at the Palomas Mensajeras (homing pigeons) family reunification event. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. Ambassador Carlos González Gutiérrez, Consul General of Mexico in Austin, speaks at the Palomas Mensajeras (homing pigeons) family reunification event. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. Maria Garcia waits to be reunited with her mom, whom she has not seen in over a decade. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. Maria Garcia waits to be reunited with her mom, whom she has not seen in over a decade. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. Rosa Barriga Barriga hugs her daughter Maria during a family reunification event hosted by a program called Palomas Mensajeras (homing pigeons). Barriga traveled from the Mexican State of Michoacán to be reunited with family members she has not seen in over a decade. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. Rosa Barriga Barriga hugs her daughter Maria during a family reunification event hosted by a program called Palomas Mensajeras (homing pigeons). Barriga traveled from the Mexican State of Michoacán to be reunited with family members she has not seen in over a decade. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. Rosa Barriga Barriga embraces her family during a family reunification event hosted by a program called Palomas Mensajeras (homing pigeons). Barriga traveled from the Mexican State of Michoacán to be reunited with family members she has not seen in over a decade. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. Rosa Barriga Barriga embraces her family during a family reunification event hosted by a program called Palomas Mensajeras (homing pigeons). Barriga traveled from the Mexican State of Michoacán to be reunited with family members she has not seen in over a decade. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. Rosa Barriga Barriga embraces her family during a family reunification event hosted by a program called Palomas Mensajeras (homing pigeons). Barriga traveled from the Mexican State of Michoacán to be reunited with family members she has not seen in over a decade. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. Rosa Barriga Barriga embraces her family during a family reunification event hosted by a program called Palomas Mensajeras (homing pigeons). Barriga traveled from the Mexican State of Michoacán to be reunited with family members she has not seen in over a decade. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. Rafaela Orozco greets her sister Rosa Barriga Barriga after seeing each other for the first time in over a decade. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. Rafaela Orozco greets her sister Rosa Barriga Barriga after seeing each other for the first time in over a decade. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. After decades apart, Mexican parents reunite with their undocumented children living in Round Rock, Texas. With help from the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin and the government of the State of Michoacán, each parent received a tourist visa, which will allow them to travel to the U.S. for six months at a time. A program called Palomas Mensajeras (homing pigeons) came to the Austin area to reunite the families. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. After decades apart, Mexican parents reunite with their undocumented children living in Round Rock, Texas. With help from the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin and the government of the State of Michoacán, each parent received a tourist visa, which will allow them to travel to the U.S. for six months at a time. A program called Palomas Mensajeras (homing pigeons) came to the Austin area to reunite the families. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. After decades apart, Mexican parents reunite with their undocumented children living in Round Rock, Texas. With help from the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin and the government of the State of Michoacán, each parent received a tourist visa, which will allow them to travel to the U.S. for six months at a time. A program called Palomas Mensajeras (homing pigeons) came to the Austin area to reunite the families. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. After decades apart, Mexican parents reunite with their undocumented children living in Round Rock, Texas. With help from the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin and the government of the State of Michoacán, each parent received a tourist visa, which will allow them to travel to the U.S. for six months at a time. A program called Palomas Mensajeras (homing pigeons) came to the Austin area to reunite the families. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. After decades apart, Mexican parents reunite with their undocumented children living in Round Rock, Texas. With help from the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin and the government of the State of Michoacán, each parent received a tourist visa, which will allow them to travel to the U.S. for six months at a time. A program called Palomas Mensajeras (homing pigeons) came to the Austin area to reunite the families. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. After decades apart, Mexican parents reunite with their undocumented children living in Round Rock, Texas. With help from the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin and the government of the State of Michoacán, each parent received a tourist visa, which will allow them to travel to the U.S. for six months at a time. A program called Palomas Mensajeras (homing pigeons) came to the Austin area to reunite the families. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. After decades apart, Mexican parents reunite with their undocumented children living in Round Rock, Texas. With help from the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin and the government of the State of Michoacán, each parent received a tourist visa, which will allow them to travel to the U.S. for six months at a time. A program called Palomas Mensajeras (homing pigeons) came to the Austin area to reunite the families. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. After decades apart, Mexican parents reunite with their undocumented children living in Round Rock, Texas. With help from the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin and the government of the State of Michoacán, each parent received a tourist visa, which will allow them to travel to the U.S. for six months at a time. A program called Palomas Mensajeras (homing pigeons) came to the Austin area to reunite the families. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. Rosa Barriga Barriga hugs her friend Delia Barriga after traveling from the Mexican State of Michoacán to be reunited with family members she has not seen in over a decade. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. Rosa Barriga Barriga hugs her friend Delia Barriga after traveling from the Mexican State of Michoacán to be reunited with family members she has not seen in over a decade. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. Rosa Barriga Barriga speaks with family after traveling from the Mexican State of Michoacán to be reunited with family members she has not seen in over a decade. Montinique Monroe for KUT News

ROUND ROCK, TX. August 10, 2018. Rosa Barriga Barriga speaks with family after traveling from the Mexican State of Michoacán to be reunited with family members she has not seen in over a decade. Montinique Monroe for KUT News