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Arizona Daily Star
September 27, 2020

Cuban asylum seeker in Nogales 'can barely sleep' while separated from wife, son
By Curt Prendergast

As Lingueño geared himself up to speak with U.S. officials, he said he wished people would put themselves in his shoes. “I think no couple in the world would want to go through what I and my wife are going through,” he said. “To be separated from your family after leaving your country where there is a dictatorship, like there is in Cuba, and going out in search of freedom.” He is one of 23,000 asylum seekers with pending claims under the Migrant Protection Protocols, a U.S. program also known as Remain in Mexico in which asylum seekers are sent to Mexican border towns to wait for hearings in U.S. immigration courts, according to federal data compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.

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