When Juliana Garcia crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with her 8-year-old daughter, Glendy, in December, she hoped to find safety and build a new life with her father living in Tennessee.

But Ms. Garcia and her daughter remained in the U.S. just 25 days before being returned to Guatemala. Based on where they crossed the border, near El Paso, Texas, the two were placed in an experimental Trump administration program designed to give asylum seekers brief and rapid access to the U.S. legal system—and deport them quickly if the government…

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