Forced to leave their countries due to political instability and violence, many migrants and their families travel north towards the US-Mexico border to seek asylum in the US. But the ever changing landscape of immigration policies make the process of asylum seeking more and more dangerous and difficult for thousands in Ciudad Juarez. These policies include the recent Title 42 expulsions which began with a CDC order in April of 2020, existing programs such as the Migrant Protection Protocols or Remain in Mexico program, and proposed rule changes for after the Covid-19 Pandemic introduced in June of 2020.
“Hello, I’m Ivonne. I’m from El Salvador. I am 18 years old. I left my country on June 1, 2019 for reasons too painful to remember and with the fear of returning to my native country. MPP is the worst thing that has happened to us. I don’t feel safe working outside in Juarez because it is a dangerous place. I don’t have the economic support of my family. This work will allow me to help my family while I wait for my asylum appointment. My work shows that despite this situation, there is light in the darkness.”
“I´m Sebastian, I came from Nicaragua with my mom and my little brother. We fled from our country due to the political crisis. I have been in Juárez, Mexico since June waiting for my court date. My family and I were sent to Juárez under the MPP program. We didn't know anyone when we first arrived here. We are now in Casa de Acogida, an intercultural community. My hope is that we will be in the United States one day.”
“My name is María from Central America. I come from El Salvador with my minor son. The reason why we emigrated to the US is because of the insecurity we live in our country. For legal reasons, when we crossed into the US, they returned us to Mexico, a situation that was very difficult at first, but thank God we found organizations and beautiful people who gave us support to wait for the process. One of many bits of help has been the embroidery project, which provides us some income that is very helpful for us.
In advance, many thanks to you for purchasing this product. With your help, we can cope with this waiting time more calmly. Blessings to your family are our wishes.
Thanks for your support.”
“Hello, my name is Danis, my wife is Karen, and we have two children, Valery and Jaycob, who have just been born. We left Honduras looking for a better life to give our children a good education and with the dream of having our own home. We are under the MPP program, for which we already have more than a year waiting for our asylum appointment. We received the help of Cristina and Don Rubén. We are in the embroidery project, waiting to see what will happen to our future.”
“I’m Ingrid. I come from Nicaragua with my two sons. I left my country on June 3rd. It was a battle to be able to cross Mexico and arrive at this border. I went days without eating or sleeping. Now I’m in Juarez under the MPP program. It is an inhumane program. Thanks to God I’ve found people who are giving me more security. They are helping me to move forward and out of this situation through my effort and work. With your support, you will be carrying a piece of our story in your heart.”
“I'm Sonia from El Salvador. I have a 4 year old son. We were sent to Juarez in August. We have to wait until January for our court date. We don't have any family here. We left our country because of violence and instability. We want a better future. The MPP program is preventing us from arriving where we are seeking asylum. It is difficult to live in Juarez. We hoped to wait for our court dates with our family and to live without fear. In order to make a living, I am embroidering for the first time. I never imagined that I would be able to do this kind of work. Now I want to learn more."
“Hi, I'm Karla Yanina Sis López, single mother of a 7-year-old girl. For me leaving my country was not easy. Leaving my family and friends behind gives us a deep heart's sorrow. I left my country as a result of the violence that exists and that I was a victim of it. Embroidering is a beautiful job that allows us to produce bags and learn new forms of entrepreneurship. It is also a light of hope for me and allows me to have an income in our economy.”
“I’m Dilia from Guatemala. I came with my daughter Darlin. I’m in the process of seeking asylum and waiting in Juarez. It is an injustice that we are sent to Juarez because we don’t have family here. The U.S. won’t allow us to be where we are seeking asylum and wait for our court date. Thank God for putting people in my life who have given me this opportunity to work. My daughter and I are able to benefit from this income.”
“I’m Iliana from El Salvador. I came with my 4 year old son Emanuel. Since June 27th I have been waiting for my last court date in March of 2020. This is an injustice because I have fled the violence that I was living in my country with the hope of waiting for my asylum in the U.S. The journey from my country to Juarez was very difficult. We were hungry and cold. My son has been sick a lot. Now we are waiting in Juarez. Thanks to God I have found good people to work with while I wait. It has helped me to get through this time and care for my son.”
“I’m Reina. I came from Honduras with my daughter Kelin. Since July, I have been waiting for asylum in the MPP program. I am living in Juarez. I can’t return to my country because of the social, political, and economic situation. In Honduras, the rise of organized crime and insecurity is threatening our nation. It is an injustice that we have to wait in a country where we are not seeking asylum. While I wait, this work provides me a dignified and honorable way to earn a living. With your purchase, you are helping us in our process of waiting and you become part of our stories.”
“Hi! I am Maria Miranda Jesus Soza and our children. We come from Nicaragua, fleeing the political regime of the government and the poverty that we have in our country because of the current president. Thank God we are in Juárez. With the help of some organizations, we are in an embroidery project to earn a little money. Thanks to those organizations and mainly to God who support us.”