Hundreds of immigrants protested in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, demanding attention to their refugee applications in the United States, delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the protest, immigrants Among Mexicans and other nationalities, they were placed between the vehicle lanes of the San Ysidro International gate in Tijuana, in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California.
The immigrants walked towards the pedestrian crossing of El Chaparral, with strong claims about the reactivation of the asylum applications, detained for months by covid-19.
“Defend the asylum” It was one of the most repeated phrases on the posters that immigrants showed to hundreds of motorists and pedestrians crossing the San Ysidro Garita. The immigrants protested for about two hours and withdrew peacefully, after specifying their demand for prompt attention to their asylum applications.
Since last March, United States and Mexico They limited activity at their borders to essential crossings, which led to a suspension of the asylum application processes of migrants waiting in Mexico.
Various organizations that support immigrants estimate that there are about 2,000 migrants in the Tijuana area waiting for the resumption of your procedures.
“We are demanding something that is obvious, which is extremely necessary because Mexico is in the same conditions as the countries from which they are fleeing,” said Catherine Kruger, a lawyer from the refugee Migrant House in Mexico.
The lawyer stressed that the people present at this protest do not do evil, but rather seek a better life quality for them and their families, but their dreams are cut short by government policies.
“No human being should be illegal in the United States, they have to remember that, and that they themselves were trained by migrants. “In addition, Kruger asked the US to implement a strategy to investigate the whereabouts of some children lost during” raids “against immigrants in that country.
“It is important that with a single lost child it would be more than enough to look for them, they are lost because nobody is looking for it, and it is to see why nobody is doing it,” he said.