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After U.S. court ruling, Honduran newlyweds among migrants clinging to asylum dream


Added 09-14-19 06:10:02pm EST - “Led by a dream of marrying on U.S. soil, a young Honduran couple traveled thousa...” - Reuters.com

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MATAMOROS, Mexico (Reuters) - Led by a dream of marrying on U.S. soil, a young Honduran couple traveled thousands of miles from their home in the port city of La Ceiba, narrowly escaping a kidnapping in Mexico before seeking asylum across the border in Texas.

But the couple, Dexy Maldonado and Marvin Madrid, decided in the end to settle for a wedding in less than dream-like conditions.

First, U.S. authorities sent them back to wait for months in a violent region of Mexico for their asylum hearings. Then a ruling on Wednesday by the U.S. Supreme Court threatened to scupper their plans — and those of thousands of other Central American migrants who have traveled through Mexico in pursuit of their own dreams in the United States.

So Maldonado, 20, and Madrid, 28, married on Thursday just over the Rio Grande in a Mexican border town, under open skies at a crowded tent camp in an impromptu religious ceremony — and without registering the wedding with a government.

“The pastor said it wasn’t ‘legal, legal,’ but it might give us a better chance of staying together,” said Maldonado, whom U.S. immigration agents had separated from Madrid after detaining the pair in July with their toddler daughter before returning them to Mexico.

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