Nearly 150 people fleeing violence in South America are still crowding the California-Mexico border, hoping for a new life in the United States.
“I fled Honduras because they killed my husband and threatened me with death,” one woman says.
Violent political uprisings and gang violence pushed the group, mostly women and children, out of their homes to this spot along the border.
They’re now seeking asylum.
That final step in their journey may be the most difficult.
“It’s incredibly challenging to prove your case for asylum, particularly if you were detained and you don’t have access to police reports that you may have filed in your country, you don’t have access to witnesses to what happened to you to obtain declarations,” says immigration attorney Nicole Ramos.
So far only eight members of the group have been allowed to enter the border station for processing.
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