In temporary camps and shelters, hundreds of migrants who managed to cross from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, into the United States spent a cold Friday morning. cyclone bomb According to the National Weather Service (NWS) in El Paso, Texas, which affects the northern country, temperatures are recorded as low as -9 degrees Celsius.
José Miguel Alegría, a Venezuelan migrant, managed to find accommodation in a shelter set up by the Sacred Heart Church, where he assured there were 250 people, including children, women and men. “They came here to see us because they knew the coming cold wave was very strong. We are not used to it and it affected me a lot,” he said Voice of America.
Other migrants were unable to find shelter capable of staying overnight, so they were forced to live on the streets.
“They left us here like we are not human beings. The night was very hot, I couldn’t find anything to wrap myself in and when someone comes to help me try to warm my body, entertain myself, if I stay still I’m cold will not be tolerated.” visa on arrival Anthony Barreto, who arrived in El Paso last Sunday night, “through a hole, like everybody else,” he said.
Richard Daniel Vazquez, 22, arrived in El Paso a day early and had to spend his first night on the sidewalk with other migrants. “I was feeling very cold as my clothes were wet. I went through the river and I was getting hypothermia, I couldn’t control myself,” he said., He also assured that he tried to find a refuge, but failed.
Amidst the bitter cold, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office stressed that the US borders are not open to migrants. “The weather conditions will drop the temperature to dangerous levels this week. This is a dangerous situation, don’t risk your life,” he wrote on his official page.
I went through the river and I was getting hypothermia, I couldn’t control myself”
The citizens of El Paso decided to approach the migrants with supplies such as food, hot chocolate, and clothing, inspired by the reality that these people pass through upon arrival in America.
“We are a family that wants to do something for our people. Today, when it’s so cold, we want to help you a little. They told us to bring burritos, soda, milk and socks,” he explained. visa on arrival Area resident Blanca Garcia, who was in a temporary migrant camp.
He said, they are motivated by the fact that “we are all human beings and we understand that they are going through very difficult situations. They are looking for a better situation.”
On the other side of the border in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, officials contacted migrants who were living along the Rio Grande River waiting to cross into the US to warn them of the risks of this bomb cyclone.
“I can’t infringe on their right to be an adult here (at the border), but we can’t have any children here, we put them at risk of dying of hypothermia. They (migrants) are doing their part because they really want to protect our kids,” he said visa on arrival Jesús Rodolfo Villa Rivera, deputy attorney for the protection of minors in Ciudad Juárez.
The government official assured that health services for sick minors are available with the state health secretariat, as well as the deputy prosecutor’s office.
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