"It’s Monday morning in October, and Jodi Goodwin, one of the Rio Grande Valley’s premier immigration lawyers, has just arrived at the big white tents set up as makeshift courts at the edge of the Rio Grande river in Brownsville,Texas.
Her clients, a family from Guatemala, have an initial asylum hearing at 12:30 p.m. The family lawfully requested asylum at the Gateway International Bridge that connects Brownsville with Matamoros, Mexico, several months ago.
They were immediately sent back to Matamoros under the Trump Administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP, colloquially known as “Remain in Mexico”) to wait several months for today’s hearing. During that time, they have been living in a makeshift refugee camp at the base of the bridge."
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