Fifty hundred migrants improvised a camp in the vicinity of the San Ysidro checkpoint, in the Mexican city of Tijuana, on the border with the United States, where they request attention from the US authorities to request asylum humanitarian.
From Russia, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Venezuela, among other countries, and some Mexicans, the migrants stationed themselves in this place because, they said, they are one of the people who have not been able to obtain an appointment through the CBP application- One, the only option to enter legally and present their cases.
Venezuelan Lieser Enrique Flores, one of the migrants from the group, exposed to EFE that he has been out of his country for almost two months.
“Lately, our country has become very dangerous, crime has advanced too much, and the government system is too bad,” she said.
She said that her family suffered several extortion and he himself suffered kidnapping and persecution when he was part of the opposition to the Government after leading various demonstrations in the streets.
“I was a politician in 2014, from the opposition, I controlled the logistics of my group when we marched through the streets of my community. I lived through all of this and they kidnapped us, they threatened us and I said that I would never leave my country, but I had to emigrate from there”, he said.
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Meanwhile, César Segura, another Venezuelan migrant from the group, assured EFE that CBP-One does not work since, he said,
“It was impossible for me to make an appointment and that is why I decided to come here (to the border port) to see what response the authorities could give me,” he said.
Segura reported that about a year ago he left Venezuela due to the political and economic crisis, and spent recent months in Mexico City, later moving to Tijuana, where he has been waiting for a month.
“The problem I had was political, because in the exercise of my profession, I am a lawyer, I had to defend several young Venezuelans who participated in protests and for that reason they went against me; I was a victim of persecution in my country ”, he stressed.
He decided to leave alone, but his mother and his brother stayed in their country,
“First to find peace of mind, because in Mexico I have also had bad experiences, I was a victim of kidnapping when I was on the road and I hope to find peace in the United States,” he said.
The camp reflects what lives on the border almost three weeks after the end of Title 42 in the United States, a measure adopted by Donald Trump (2017-2021) and later continued by President Joe Biden to expel migrants immediately on the grounds of the covid-19 pandemic. 19.
The northern border of Mexico remained relatively calm with the constant arrival of migrants, shelters at their maximum capacity and just this arrival of foreigners at the San Ysidro checkpoint.
After the end of Title 42 , the United States established Title 8 and new restrictions to request asylum.
The region faces an unprecedented migratory flow, with more than 2.76 million undocumented immigrants intercepted by the United States at the border with Mexico in the year fiscal year 2022.