Mile 9.4 by Ada Trillo
Napolinario (age 12) and his mother nearly escaped a three months kidnapping before they made it to the US Mexican border. Their neighbors held them hostage. In effort to reunite with his father in Seattle, the duo crossed the Rio Grande. He was terrified of how deep the water was. After being turned away, they have waited for an asylum hearing for a month.Their expected court date is on Sept. 18th. All Napolinario wants is to be reunited with his father after nine years. Despite all that his family has endured in order to seek asylum, as of Sept 11th, 2019–just seven days before their hearing–the Trump administration conducted an order requiring all asylum seekers to gain asylum from all of they countries they traveled through prior to their attempt at the US border. For many cases, including that of Napolinario, it is nearly impossible to comply to these demands. Obeying the new order would require asylum seekers to go back and retake their journey of thousands of miles.
Risking their lives, yet again, to gain asylum in countries that do not have the means to maintain asylum.
Ultimately, for Napolinario this new order means that he may never reunite with his father.