Haitian, African Migrants Flood Calexico Port Of Entry

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Heiti and African Country refugees
Close to 200 Haiti and other African country refugees arrived at the Calexico West Side Port of Entry attempting to obtain political asylum for the U.S.

CALEXICO– Hundreds of migrants from Haiti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Eritrea and other African countries sat at the Calexico West Side Port of Entry Friday afternoon hoping for a chance to cross into the United States as they seek political asylum.

Close to 200 people were crowded inside the port’s pedestrian entrance as they waited processing by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) while others camped at the Parque de los Heroes de Chapultepec located across the port of entry.

“We have persons of many nationalities who arrived at the Calexico and San Ysidro ports of entry and don’t have the legal documents required to enter into the U.S.,” said John M. Campos, CBP Chief of Public Affairs. “Recently, we have seen an uptick in the number of Haitians arriving at both Calexico and San Ysidro ports with no status in the United States. We are processing them on a case-by-case basis.”

As the word spread of their arrival and needs, several Valley people, San Diego State University students, including District 1 Supervisor John Renison, made their way across the border and distributed food, water, clothing and blankets among the refugees.

“I accompanied some SDSU students to deliver food and water to the refugees,” said Renison. “At this point, no one has contacted the County seeking assistance. However, the County will provide a full report and advise of any new information during Tuesday’s board meeting.”

Campos also said CBP officials have made adjustments to port operations to accommodate this uptick in arriving individuals.

“CBP officials are used to dynamic changes at Calexico and San Ysidro, two of the nation’s busiest border crossings, and are able to flex resources to accommodate those changes” said Campos.

According to Renison, CBP is processing six people per hour to determine if they can obtain asylum.

Once CBP has processed individuals with no status to legally enter the U.S., they are placed in removal proceedings according to their situation, and placed into the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further disposition.

 

5 COMMENTS

  1. Geeezzz at least give them a chance the just want freedom like we do I mean yea they could be evil but the government could do a background check before they are aloud to come to the United States

  2. DO NOT, DO NOT let these people in the country, its ridiculous to even consider them entry. They just want the free benefits and then some, who funded them to get to this far anyway ISIS??

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