The family was enrolled in MPP in late May 2019. Without safe and stable housing options, they have had to move between three different motels in Tijuana.
Linda arrives at a Tijuana motel early in the morning to pick up the family. She explains what will happen in court, and then escorts them to the San Ysidro border crossing prior to the 9:00am Customs Border Protection (CBP) mandatory time to present. JFS accompanies most MPP clients who are forced to wait in Mexico. The stakes are too high due to their vulnerability and risks associated with not presenting and missing their date in court.
The 18-year-old mother fled her home country, and instead of finding safety and security for herself and her young daughter, they have had to wait alone in Mexico without basic necessities including food, shelter, and medical. The hurdles to provide legal representation for these families are great and reduce the number of people who can have representation in court.
Help Us Ensure Asylum-Seeking Families Forced to Remain in Mexico Have Legal Representation at Their Immigration Hearings
More than 6,000 people requesting asylum in the U.S. have been returned to Tijuana where they must remain during the lengthy asylum process. JFS, on behalf of SDRRN, has launched a legal services hotline for these asylum seekers, and our attorneys have been able to represent some of them in court. But we want to do more.
With your help, for every $115,000 raised we can hire one additional full-time attorney to represent asylum-seekers forced to remain in Mexico during their immigration hearings. Together, we can connect vulnerable families to critical legal services so they can continue their asylum journey in safety and with dignity.