although with some complaints about its operation, the CBP One application to schedule asylum application interviews with the United States immigration authorities, continues to work. Immigrants do not give up.
In mid-January, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office made available to the public this technological tool as a way to reduce the influx of immigrants in an irregular situation towards the southern border of the country.
“They do not give us confirmation of the day it is and the time does not appear to us,” he lamented before the voice of america from Tijuana, Mexico, a Mexican migrant who identified herself as Daysi and who insists on seeking asylum in the US through the application.
Showing himself a little more optimistic, and as a way of reassuring asylum seekers, Alberto Rivera, director of the Ágape shelter, stated: “We are one hundred percent behind the system, it’s just these little problems that exist right now.”
On January 5, the White House announced the extension of the humanitarian parole for citizens of Nicaragua, Cuba and Haiti at a rate of 30,000 places per month, a measure from which applicants from Venezuela already benefited.
After 20 days of putting the humanitarian parole into operation, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported that the Border Patrol’s encounters with immigrants who were trying to enter the southern border and on rafts along the coasts from Florida fell by 97% compared to the previous month, a figure consulted by the agency Reuters.
However, Enrique Lucero, director of Attention to Migrants in Tijuana, found that the influx continues. “Yes, Venezuelans are arriving, Cubans are arriving; but already directly from the south”, adding that in the last fortnight the institution has received at least 350 of them.
At this time, the Tijuana authorities offer free internet and advice so that those seeking refuge can download and fill out the application from their phone, according to what the VOA.
[Con información de Vicente Calderón, corresponsal de VOA en Tijuana, México]
Source: VOA Español