As immigration advocates push to reunite separated immigrant families in the United States, asylum seekers keep arriving at International ports of entry along the south Texas-Mexico border.
They share their struggles since arriving at the ports of entry.
Alien Cuellar Colima, asylum seeker said, “We’ve been through all kinds of weather on our journey here. But here on the bridge, it’s at least 40 degrees Celsius [104 degrees Farenheit.] It’s hotter than in any place I’ve been. I’ve never experienced any heat like this.”
For days Alien and other asylum seekers have had to deal with the summer heat at the Reynosa-Hidalgo International Bridge. As they wait to start a new life in the U.S.
“At around 2:00 pm, some of the kids get sun burned on their feet. Everyone here tries to stay in some shade or cover themselves around that time.” Said Colima.
The asylum seekers have been fortunate to receive help and donations from people on both sides of the border.
Colima added, “We’re so thankful to God and everyone who has been helping us with water for the kids, soft drinks, juices, snacks and all sorts of things to keep the kids hydrated, because the heat is really bad.”
Aside from trying to stay cool in these hot temperatures, some of these asylum seekers, have other things to worry about besides the heat.
One asylum seeking mother said, “We’ve been here since Sunday. Ever since we got here, Mexican immigration authorities took my documents and tried to take me by force. My son cried, but they didn’t care. They don’t even let us use the restroom comfortably. If I go, I go all nervous thinking they’re going to detain me and not let me come back to the bridge.”
Although many of those seeking asylum haven’t had the best experience trying to cross into the U.S., many remain in good spirit and hope for the best.