A group of asylum seekers temporarily residing in Tijuana is having a more difficult time entering the U.S. after a group comprised of caravan migrants rushed the border on Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Times reports that a group of approximately 20 asylum seekers has been residing in Tijuana for more than a month.
The group has patiently been waiting for its chance to turn themselves over to border officials.
However, a separate group of caravan migrants rushed the border on Sunday. Around 40 people entered the San Ysidro port of entry.
One group of migrants “attempted to breach legacy fence infrastructure along the border and sought to harm CBP personnel by throwing projectiles at them,” Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement.
To disperse the crowd trying to storm the border, Customs and Border Patrol deployed tear gas out of concern for the safety of its agents.
While the chaos ensued, the small group of asylum seekers waited along a fence near the border.
How much longer they’ll now have to wait is unclear.
Alicia Ramirez is from Mexico City and is one of the asylum seekers. She was one of the migrants who was waiting along the fence.
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She claims she had to flee Mexico City after drug dealers broke into her home and threatened to kill her in front of her kids.
After hearing that the San Ysidro port of entry had been closed for several hours after the confrontation, she scolded those who had rushed the border over the weekend.
“They are trying to just run in,” she said. “That’s not the way to do it. I know we all want to go in, but it takes time and there is a proper process,” she said. “I’ve waited a month, even though I’m still in danger.”
Honduran migrant Dennis Martinez echoed the sentiments of Ramirez.
Like Ramirez, he fled his home after receiving threats from a gang in his hometown.
“I’m escaping a dangerous situation,” he said. “Why would I then put myself in danger, again?”
Martinez realizes that he’s between a rock and a hard place while staying in Tijuana. He understands that the Mexican people aren’t pleased with the presence of the migrants in their cities.
“I can understand why the Mexican people are bothered by us,” he said.
Martinez is still hoping to enter the U.S. legally, however, despite the attempts to rush the border by other migrants.
“I’m not trying to jump the wall,” he said. “Many of us aren’t. Why should we be punished for what a few have done?”
However, the small group of asylum seekers understands that their chances of entry have been jeopardized with the recent rush.
One of them told the Times, “That’s just not the way to do it. Now we are all in trouble.”
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