President Trump wants to discourage asylum claims, as immigration courts deal with a backlog of more than 800,000 cases. Here are four of them.

They travelled thousands of kilometres and endured dangerous — and at times unimaginable — conditions on their journeys. They fled domestic violence, vengeful gangs, political opposition and laws that made their lives unbearable.

In droves, migrants have arrived at the United States' southern border claiming to have fled oppressive conditions in their home countries. Today, more than 800,000 await asylum proceedings that could put them on the path to American citizenship.

But in a memo this

Advertisement

"I cried of joy"

Advertisement

"I am very distressed"

"It became just a nightmare"

"I would be going hungry"