'Julia' (a pseudonym) is a Nicaraguan teenager who fled her home
after participating in student-led protests. On June 20, 2018,
Julia was tear-gassed while peacefully marching in the streets.
As she ran away, one of her friends was shot in the head and
killed next to her.
As the government cracked down on protestors, her family was
visited by men who said they were supporters of the government. They
told her sister that they would kill Julia along with her entire
So, she went on the run.
Thinking that the U.S. would be a safe haven for her, she
traveled to the border near El Paso, Texas, where she asked for
asylum. There, she was placed into the “Migrant Protection
Protocols” – also called “Remain
a new program unrolled this year that forces asylum-seekers who
have reached the U.S. back to Mexico where they have to fend for
themselves while awaiting their court dates in the U.S.
Now Julia is stuck in Ciudad Juarez, a city known for
cartel-related violence and mysterious disappearances of young
Her story isn't unique. Across Mexico, people who have been
placed into the MPP face insecurity, homelessness, and extreme
danger. Human rights groups have documented a pattern of
asylum-seekers being targeted for extortion and kidnapping by
criminal groups – and even police officers – while they wait for
their cases to be heard.
The MPP is illegal. The Trump administration is trying to make
racism and xenophobia the law of the land, and
frightened asylum-seekers at the southern border are one of its
But the ACLU is fighting back. We're in court challenging the
MPP along with the other attacks on asylum-seekers the
government has tried to implement.
Thanks for your support,
ACLU Staff Reporter
December 5, 2019