Translated by Fulano from an article in Jornadabc.mx.
Tijuana, July 25, 2016 – A family from Colima that arrived in Tijuana are saying they are from Michoacán to ask for asylum from the United States government. They are a part of the almost 4,000 migrants – among foreigners and Mexicans – who so far this year have asked for refuge in the United States. They say they have experienced extreme violence or are in danger of being killed in the locations they came from.
Two weeks ago, Tijuana resident Leticia’s uncle and his wife and one-year old daughter, arrived from Colima to ask for refuge in the US, and they were welcomed into her family’s home in Tijuana.
The first three days, the family slept in Leticia’s home and then they went to the Casa Madre Asunta, where they were told that in order to be addressed by immigration authorities, they would have to sign up on a waiting list.
According to what the woman said, one week later, the three crossed the border to initiate the process and were sent to an immigration center while they wait for a response from the US government, which estimates the process will not take more than three months.
“My uncle is missing a finger because he had a work accident, but (to the American authorities) he told them organized crime gangsters had cut it off. (The other members of the family) talked to us and said they had crossed over. My uncle remains in the immigration center, and my aunt and the baby were set free. That’s how it is when you ask for asylum,” said the young woman.
The success of the three from Colima spread like dust among their friends who live in Colima, and little by little they started to get ready to go to Tijuana to ask for asylum.
The representative of the National Immigration Institute, Rodulfo Figueroa Pacheco, said that as of the moment they have not been able to document these cases, but he warned that the US government has told them of the situation where migrants say they come from locations like Michoacán or Guerrero to increase their chances of staying in the US.
“To be specific, we are talking about this situation, but we have not solidly documented any cases. What is unfortunate is that rumors spread that people have been allowed into the US, but then they do not call to advise that they were later denied asylum. So people come here with a very different idea,” he bemoaned.
He said that this year around 4,000 have asked for asylum from the United States government, from Tijuana. Of those, 60% are Mexicans and the remainder foreigners and these people also lie about where they came from.
As an example, he described that they have detected cases where men and women say they are from Africa, when they really come from Haiti, and then they are discovered when immigration checks their documents and verifies their stories.