© Reuters. Cuban migrants block the Paso del Norte border crossing bridge as they wish to request asylum within the U.S., in Ciudad Juarez
By Jose Luis Gonzalez
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (Reuters) – Dozens of Cubans protested on the U.S. border within the northern Mexican metropolis of Ciudad Juarez on Tuesday evening, demanding they be allowed to cross and declare asylum in the US.
U.S. authorities, together with police in anti-riot gear, closed off the bridge that leads into El Paso, Texas, with a concrete barrier topped with barbed wire.
A recording blared from a loudspeaker warning that any one that crossed could possibly be arrested.
Late into the night, some 200 migrants who had walked proper as much as the barrier stayed put.
Jonathan Castro, 25, mentioned he has spent one 12 months and eight months in Mexico after making an attempt to request asylum in the US, and is ready to protest on the bridge all through the evening.
Like many different Cubans, he was despatched again throughout the border below the “Stay in Mexico” program – a key piece of U.S. President Donald Trump’s hardline coverage to curb migration by making asylum seekers wait out their proceedings in Mexico.
“We’re fed up ready,” he mentioned, including that the group had shaped on the border after phrase circulated that U.S. authorities have been ready to allow them to cross.
Cuban migrant Rauvel Tejeda, who has spent practically as lengthy in Mexico below the identical circumstances, mentioned he was bored with poor therapy by Mexican police, and needed “a bit little bit of assist” from each Mexico and the US.
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