CIUDAD JUAREZ (Reuters) – Quantity 12,026 – higher often called Marcial Artigas, 33, from Holguin, Cuba – waited nervously at a migration workplace on the U.S.-Mexico border as a Mexican official referred to as out numbers from a protracted checklist of hopefuls ready to cross to america.
A board with the variety of migrants which can be requesting asylum is pictured on the premises of the state migrant help workplace in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, July 15, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
Artigas mentioned he was praying his quantity could be referred to as subsequent, earlier than a brand new U.S. coverage introduced on Monday enters into drive that bars virtually all immigrants from making use of for asylum on the nation’s southern border.
The Trump administration’s interim rule, set to take impact Tuesday, requires asylum-seekers to first pursue protected haven in a 3rd nation by way of which they traveled en path to america.
The previous cafeteria employee mentioned he left Cuba in February, touring to Nicaragua by airplane earlier than heading north by way of Central America and into Mexico by bus. If the brand new coverage sticks, he may very well be required to use for asylum in Mexico, or any one of many international locations he handed by way of en route.
He had been ready his flip to cross to El Paso, Texas, from Ciudad Juarez since mid-April, becoming a member of a line of hundreds, in accordance with officers and a listing of asylum-seekers town retains.
By 9.20 a.m, the official calling out numbers from the Nationwide Migration Institute’s Grupo Beta unit had learn out 10. He reached quantity 12,025 and referred to as it a day.
As the opposite migrants clapped, quantity 12,025 rose, pumped his fist, and adopted the official to cross to america to start his asylum course of.
Artigas was sporting a black backpack filled with clothes and different necessities, prepared to go away Mexico behind for good. If he felt despair at falling a single digit quick, the Cuban remained stoic.
He hoped there could be one other spherical of numbers referred to as that afternoon on the migration workplace, he mentioned.
Nonetheless, he mentioned, the fixed shifts in U.S. coverage made him really feel irritated that whereas he was taking part in by the foundations, individuals who crossed illegally after which requested asylum have been better off.
“One is right here patiently doing issues as they need to be executed,” he mentioned. “There are individuals who go illegally.”
Beside him, a lot of the almost two dozen migrants on the workplace, within the shadow of the bridge connecting the 2 counties, appeared not but to have heard in regards to the latest U.S. coverage.
If that they had, they appeared not sure about what it would imply for his or her asylum possibilities.
Carolina Puente, 35, nonetheless had a crushing wait forward. At quantity 17,243, tons of extra have been scheduled to cross forward of her, she mentioned.
“I’m determined,” she mentioned. “Determined is the phrase.”
Puente mentioned she had fled violence in Quito, Ecuador, and moved to Cuba two years in the past, to stay together with her husband’s household. However in Cuba she confronted poverty and a scarcity of financial alternatives.
Since June 24, she had been renting a home in Ciudad Juarez. However she mentioned she had little religion in Mexico, which is racked by drug-related violence and excessive homicide charges and notoriously unsafe for migrants.
“This nation has opened the doorways for us, nevertheless it’s an unsafe nation,” she mentioned.
Enrique Valenzuela, head of COESPO, the state inhabitants fee which oversees the middle for migrants in Ciudad Juarez, mentioned he had no prior data of the brand new U.S. measure, having discovered about it on tv.
The variety of folks including themselves to the asylum checklist in Ciudad Juarez had been dropping this month and final, he mentioned.
But when the brand new coverage holds, he mentioned, “The variety of (asylum) candidates will rocket in Mexico.”
Reporting by Julia Love; writing by Delphine Schrank; Enhancing by Frank Jack Daniel and Tom Brown