They were separated, held at five detention centers, & only reunited two months later.
They're seeking asylum, but face heavy financial & legal hurdles.
This is their story:
300K are seeking asylum.
But NONE are guaranteed a lawyer.
If they're lucky, they get services via orgs like us & @BklynDefender. Otherwise, they're alone in front of judges & ICE lawyers who want them gone.
It's literally the least we can do to those like Nilda who have fled violence to seek safety.
Instead, the system is set up to leave them alone so they fail.
THIS IS OUR SYSTEM.
It's a calculated, intentional effort to attack immigrants. We deny them their humanity & put every obstacle up to stop them staying.
You have a right to a lawyer if the government is trying to imprison you. It should be the same if it's trying to deport you. whiletheywait.org/#takeaction