CIUDAD JUAREZ/MEXICO CITY – Migrants on Mexico’s northern border on Wednesday started coming into america utilizing a cellular app designed to facilitate the method of making use of for asylum, though a number of shortly reported difficulties in utilizing the system.
This month, the Biden administration stated it will broaden use of the so-called CBP One app to permit asylum seekers to enter their private data as a pre-screening step for a U.S. appointment to request asylum.
“I’m actually excited, I can’t wait to see my household,” stated Alejandra, a Venezuelan migrant who entered El Paso, Texas from the border metropolis of Ciudad Juarez, headed for Florida.
Giovanny Castellanos, one other Venezuelan who has been ready on the Mexican border for months to enter america, stated he bought an appointment shortly.
Castellanos, who spoke as he was lining as much as enter Laredo, Texas, from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, advisable migrants keep away from taking dangers to cross and to make use of the app as a substitute.
Mexican authorities maintain watch as migrants descend from a tractor-trailer, the place they have been transported on their solution to the U.S. at a checkpoint in Chiapa de Corzo, in Chiapas state, Mexico on Jan. 18, 2023. REUTERS
Because it was activated for pre-screening final week, the app has been in such demand that it’s telling candidates it has run out of appointments, in keeping with Mexican officers and a dozen migrants, a few of whom shared cellphone screenshots with Reuters.
To obtain a U.S. appointment, migrants first should go to a border entry level in Mexico decided by the app. Some migrants instructed Reuters the app solely had appointments removed from the place they at present are.
Jose Huerta, a Venezuelan migrant within the border metropolis of Ciudad Juarez, instructed Reuters the app stated he may cross for his appointment from Tijuana, a metropolis some 746 miles to the west reverse San Diego.
Migrants board a automobile of the Mexican Institute of Migration (INM) after being detected at a checkpoint in Chiapa de Corzo, in Chiapas state, Mexico on Jan. 18, 2023. REUTERS
“I don’t have cash, now I’ve to stroll,” he stated.
Touring between border cities may expose extra individuals to hazard, and a few migrant advocacy teams need america to supply extra appointments to asylum-seekers to cut back dangers.
“They should enhance the variety of appointments per day, we’re assured this would be the case,” stated Enrique Lucero, director of migration affairs in Tijuana.
U.S. Customs and Border Safety didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark from Reuters in regards to the app.