It was still dark when Alejandra arrived at the Paso del Norte International Bridge in Juárez, Mexico, around four in the morning. She and her 13-year-old daughter sat near the turnstile and waited for officials to let everyone through.
They had already come to the bridge earlier in the week, to present themselves for U.S. immigration court. But they were told to come back several days later.
“They didn’t tell us anything,” Alejandra said in Spanish. “They didn’t give us a paper to show that we’d been here. They just told us to show up today at the same time.”
(Alejandra, like other asylum seekers in this story, asked that we not use her full name while her case is still being considered.)
Tens of thousands of asylum seekers have been sent to wait in Mexico as their cases play out in U.S. immigration court, as part of the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) — also known as the “Remain in Mexico” program.