Translated by Fulano from an article in AFN Tijuana.info.
TIJUANA, October 12, 2016 – The humanitarian crisis facing Tijuana from the Haitian migrants seeking asylum in the United States has worsened, as there are not only foreigners, but also Mexicans who are asking for asylum due to the crime and wave of violence which exists in states such as Guerrero and Michoacán.
In the past months the lack of safety from the war on drug trafficking in Guerrero and Michoacán has been increasing.
Just in Guerrero, in the first seven months of 2016, the state was ranked second nationally in the number of murders, with 1,267, only behind the state of Mexico which reported 1,327 murders.
Such is the case of Pablo, an 8-year old boy, who is laying in a corner at the El Chaparral border crossing, looking at a piece of newspaper. Beside him sleeps his his little 15-month old brother. They are looking to flee from the bullets and violence in Guerrero.
The little boy has has a fixed gaze at a photograph of a man who was murdered and tortured in Acapulco. “Human head found at Alianza Popular,” says the news he is holding.
“These are the proofs we brought with us to tell them (United States immigration officers) that in our town people are being murdered,” said Pablo, who arrived in Tijuana via bus from Guerrero with his mother and three brothers a few days ago.
Ana, 32 years old, and Pablo’s mother, said they have already asked for asylum. They entered the US last Saturday, at the Customs and Border Patrol offices, but they did not believe they were in danger.
“…we want them to help us too, like they help the Haitians, we came from a war zone (with the drug traffickers).”
“Since we got here, it has been nothing but tragedies. Our own Mexican immigration officials reproach us with what are we doing here, they tell us why are we risking our children by bringing them along, that we will not get asylum,” said Ana.
Laying on cardboard and a blanket which are there for whomever wants to rest, is Daniel Godoy Ochoa, 35 years old, who lived in California for seven years, but had returned to Mexico to save his 23-year old sister, who lived in Apatzingán, Michoacán.
“They disappeared her husband, there is no word on my brother-in-law, the entire town is suffering and the Mexican government does nothing. It is place where people disappear, the south is horrible, the police turn you over to the criminals when they feel like it.
“We are not asking for help for nothing, of the 50 Mexicans who entered today (to ask for asylum) only my sister got to stay in the United States. Do you know why? Because she brought with her many death certificates, of her mother, my aunt and my two brothers, only my sister and I have survived. We are the last,” he said.
According to the Reforma newspaper, Mexican migrants who arrive at the northern border to ask for political asylum cannot find any place in the shelters in the city, as they are full of people from Haiti and the Republic of Congo, among other countries.
The Mexicans are asking for help from Tijuana families, for food, water, diapers, clothing, blankets or cardboard to sleep on the sidewalks at the border station.