Heartbreaking video shows immigrant son not recognising mum

A heartbreaking video has been released showing the moment an immigrant mother realises her detained three-year-old son doesn't remember her. 

The video, released by The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), shows Honduras woman Ms Reyes-Meija embracing her son at the George Bush International Airport in Houston after they were separated for three-and-a-half months.

Her son wriggles his way out of a hug and moves away from his mother. 

In the video the woman asks her husband: "What's wrong with my son? My son is traumatised."

The Reyes-Meija family were seeking asylum in the United States to escape violent crime in Honduras, The ACLU says. 

While this intention was made clear at the border, they claim they were manipulated by authorities and separated.

The father of the child was asked if he could briefly leave his son alone at a detention facility while he completed some paperwork. Upon his return, his son was nowhere to be found - and as it turns out, he was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, who sent him to Michigan for foster care.

A federal judge ruled in favour of a ACLU lawsuit ordering the government to cease the separation of families and to reunite those who had already been torn apart.

The Reyes-Meija family are among the first of the families to be reunited.