We met the Gonzalez family at the Kino Border Initiative migrant aid center in Nogales, Sonora. They came fleeing death threats. But for months, U.S. border officials rejected the family’s requests for asylum, citing the Title 42 border closure.
“It’s very difficult being here,” Mr. Gonzalez told Buzzfeed News. The family’s 11-year-old daughter suffers seizures—a condition that worsened while displaced. They could not afford to see a doctor who could potentially diagnose and treat her. Their daughter’s medical condition and threats from criminal groups in Nogales left the Gonzalez family vulnerable to potential tragedy.
Thousands of people fleeing danger remain trapped in Mexico due to Title 42. The Florence Project has succeeded in recommending that hundreds of people—most of them families—be exempt from the border closure.
Our Border Action Team eventually succeeded in recommending that the Gonzalez family also be allowed to enter and live in the U.S. with loved ones during their asylum process.
With your support, we show up every day with compassion to pursue justice for immigrants at the border, in children’s shelters, and in ICE detention centers.