USA: Immigrant Families Forced to go Illegal as Asylum Applications Drag

USA: Immigrant Families Forced to go Illegal as Asylum Applications Drag

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Thousands of migrants are waiting outside the US with the hope of being able to get asylum in the country, but new policies are making getting asylum an uphill task with very few applications considered per day compared to thousands waiting. Immigrants are now being forced to seek illegal entry by getting smugglers to help them into the country.

A particular Julian Escobar Moreno, a Honduran migrant, got to Reynosa, Mexico with the intention of applying for asylum in the United States but was driven into the hands of smuggling cartels in the city because he was left no choice according to him. He said he never wanted to enter the country illegally, but the frustrating situation at the border is making smuggling boom.

No One is getting across the Border

Several strategies have been employed by the current administration to ensure these migrants return to where they came from as well as discourage others from coming at all. The government has partially shut down its operations in a bid to ensure it gets funding for the border wall.

At the moment, migrants have to wait for weeks or even months on the Mexican side of the border to submit their applications for asylum. This is as a result of a new policy that only gives room for few applications in a day.

This delay, as well as ensuing frustration, has made many migrants took the dangerous and costly road of getting smugglers to get them into the country.

The number of migrant families caught trying to cross the border hit a record high in November. Some of the people caught enlisted the help of smugglers at a point on their asylum-seeking journey.

In fact, the director of a center that provides services to migrants around the banks of the Rio Grande, Hector Silva, said it had been observed that no one is getting across the border hence families are being forced to go illegal.

Smuggling attempts are happening not just in Reynosa but also across the whole length of the US-Mexico border including Tijuana.

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