At the refugee camp in Ciudad Acuña, African migrants face an uncertain wait prolonged by Trump administration policy — and sometimes, the best option to take is an illegal and risky river crossing. https://lat.ms/2NE78UX
The migrants traveled thousands of miles from Africa by foot, boat, and bus, seeking asylum, only to find themselves stalled in a purgatory of soggy tents and overflowing bathrooms. https://lat.ms/2NE78UX
“If you see people jumping over the river, it is because they are tired of staying here,” said one resident of the camp, Luis. https://lat.ms/2NE78UX
The migrants receive a number upon arriving to the camp, stating their place in the line of people seeking asylum. In Acuña, there were more than 500 waiting. Only a few, if any, are permitted passage each day. https://lat.ms/2NE78UX
“Those of us who have come from Africa ... I’m sure we will continue to wait here, even if it’s a year,” Luis said. “It is far better than anything we have seen in our country. In [Cameroon], we slept with corpses.” https://lat.ms/2NE78UX
Luis vowed he would wait for his number to be called. “We want to get to the States with clean hands,” he said.
But days later, he crossed the river. https://lat.ms/2NE78UX
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