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Against the odds, Honduran sisters win their asylum case
Against the odds, Honduran sisters win their asylum case

In October 2013, Silvia Padilla and her husband wired $8,000 to a coyote to smuggle their two daughters from Honduras to the United States. Gang violence in their hometown of Tegucigalpa was on the rise. In recent years, both girls had witnessed murders. The sisters — Katheryn, 13, and Dayana, 9 — survived the dangerous journey across Mexico but were stopped by federal agents at the border. A few days later they were released to their parents in Los Angeles, with orders to appear in court for deportation proceedings. A pro bono attorney filed political asylum claims for the girls but warned the family: "The vast majority of these cases are denied." This week, in...

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