She claims that her family was threatened when her son was enlisted to join a criminal gang this year. The incident is part of an unprecedented number in Central as well as South Americans who journeyed north toward the US in the past year.
Camps in a temporary setting house hundreds of people across the border between Mexico and the United States which is in which US officials in the current fiscal year have detained an record-breaking 1.7 million people trying to cross the border.
The migrants claim they’ve been forced to leave their homes because of the constant struggle for employment and gang violence, financial crisis that was exacerbated by the epidemic and the destruction caused from recent weather events, and other causes.
These new arrivals have put stress on US the president, Joe Biden, who had said he would take an approach that is more compassionate towards immigration than the previous president Donald Trump, and to change some of Trump’s extreme policies.
However, Biden who was elected on January 1, has continued to follow the Trump-era policy that permits the US to ban the majority of asylum seekers who cross the border with Mexico and return to Mexico or their country of their origin.
It is the Title 42 policy, which has received widespread criticism from immigrants’ advocates who claim it’s illegal is a source of concern over the possibility of spreading COVID-19, which could the majority of asylum seekers the possibility of applying to be protected within the US.
It is still in place after the US on Monday opened its frontier with Mexico for non-essential travel after an 20-month shutdown because of the pandemic.
In a border camp that is improvised in Mexico called El Chaparral, thousands of kids have been sleeping on the ground in tiny tents while they wait to be able to apply for asylum in US together with their families.
There are 770 residents living at the camp of migrant workers according to a recent census carried out by Tijuana, the Mexican cities bordering the city Tijuana Tijuana. 40% of those are minors. The children who live at El Chaparral, which is protected by police were from the US.
Even though it means that children automatically gain American citizenship, some said they fled the country after their parents who were not legally documented were exiled. Families have traveled back through Mexico in hopes of returning home to US.
“I simply need everything to be in order as well as so that my mom has an apartment. I’d like to go into America. United States, but with my mom,” a girl named Evelyn who’s Mexican mother was able to show an official birth certificate that stated that she was born in Los Angeles, told the Reuters news agency.
The Migrant Rights Groups have stated that asylum seekers and migrants were subject to numerous dangers in Mexican border towns in which they wait to be admitted into the US In an article in April there were hundreds incidents of violence were documented since Biden was elected to office.
“Asylum seekers turned back to Mexico are being kidnapped, raped and assaulted,” Kennji Kizuka, associate director of research and analysis on refugees’ protection with Human Rights First, said at the time. Black asylum seekers and migrants as well as people belonging to the LGBTQ community, were especially vulnerable to violence, according to the organizations.
While back in El Chaparral, Pedro, who is 15 years old is able to present an official birth certificate that shows the city of birth. Los Angeles, and said his brothers were born there, too. His mother took them back to her home in Mexico three months ago after his father was deported.