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And We Knew We Were Kidnapped

Earlier this month, a federal judge in San Francisco ordered a stop to this administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy. Asylum seekers should not be forced to wait for days, weeks or months at the border when fleeing persecution, violence, and war in their home countries.

The “Remain in Mexico” policy has implications far greater than thousands of people waiting in tent camps or improvised detention centers in Mexico to make their case for asylum. These consequences culminate is stories like this one as told to one of our lawyers by a Cuban asylum seeker.

“I fled Cuba with my husband, my brother, and sister-in-law. A taxi was supposed to take us from Reynosa (border city) to the border but instead stopped at a convenience store. The man there told us we had to pay $400. We didn’t have any money.

Then, the taxi took us to a warehouse with the worst conditions in the world, and we knew we were kidnapped. The mattresses were dirty, and the food was on the floor. There was so much dirt. They locked us in with a chain outside the door. We were afraid our kidnappers would kill us…”

DISCLAIMER: This story contains graphic elements that may be disturbing to some readers.

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