CBP was still processing asylum claims, but slowly — around 10 per day — meaning more people were joining the queue than leaving it.
It would be closing in 10 minutes at 11pm. “Sarah, I’m so sorry about the delay in responding to you!
The Tías are still working on their behalf. Women and girls face the threat of rape and/or kidnapping for ransom and/or sex slavery. The Tías provided them with food; travel money; maps of the US marked with their individual itineraries; a list of key English phrases and practice in how to pronounce them; and, until bus station authorities stopped them, backpacks that had been stuffed with essentials by a fast-growing team of volunteers, mostly from Harlingen, working out of the fellowship hall at Joyce’s church, when it was available, or her house, when it was not. In some cases, that might mean days; in others, it could go on for weeks, or months.
Talang 2020 Jury,
Sarah Towle is an award-winning London-based US expatriate author sharing her journey from outrage to activism one story of humanity and heroism at a time.