Mexican officers concerned about the health of Mexican asylum seekers, including nearly 200 young kids sleeping in the open near the U.S. frontier in Ciudad Juarez, tried to move people to shelters Wednesday, as temperatures fell below freezing.
In current months, Ciudad Juarez has seen a speedy increase in Mexicans searching for to apply for asylum in the U.S., resulting in a backlog in the city as U.S. border officers limit the variety of asylum cases they obtain at the port of entry each day.
A quick list incorporates about 1,200 individuals, of which about 550 are staying in camps near the bridge to the U.S., the Chihuahua state government stated. Almost half of these in the camps are youngsters under the age of 12.
Weather forecasts foretell freezing temperatures in the Ciudad Juarez-El Paso space by the weekend.
Policies under Trump aimed at reducing the number of new competitors in the U.S. have led to tens of 1000’s of mainly Central American asylum seekers living for months in Mexico as they wait for U.S. court dates or interviews with border officers.
Immigration advocates say the policies expose weak populations to extortion and crime.
On Wednesday, a grandfather from Zacatecas sat at a small grill where individuals had been cooking breakfast, mixing chili and eggs while his one-year-old granddaughter sat in a chair bundled up in a number of sweaters.
The espresso he drank was made with water that was yet frozen when they tried to pour it into a boiling pot.
Giving only his first title for fear of reprisals, Rodrigo stated he traveled along with his son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter to flee the violence in their home country.