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Migrants seeking asylum in the U. Migrants cross back and forth into Mexico to buy food and supplies. The camp's quick growth - at least 2, people arrived on Thursday alone - has sparked questions about why groups were converging on Del Rio specifically.
In interviews, Haitians spoke of starting their journeys where they had been living under difficult conditions for some time in South America. They showed Reuters several guides they had been following on their phones - some just lists of Mexican towns and others detailed instructions on what buses to take - that all culminated by the Rio Grande in Del Rio, Texas.
I helped people coming behind me," Pierre said. Still, he said he got lost for days in the mountains and survived on little but water and fruit. One image shared by a migrant who arrived on Friday included detailed instructions on bus routes through Mexico, including which terminals to get off and where to buy tickets. Several other Haitians also reported receiving the same instructions.
The instructions said: "These are the routes for which you will not be asked for any paperwork when buying travel tickets. Groups of Haitians and other migrants who were frustrated with a long wait for travel documents tried to leave southern Mexico in caravans weeks ago.
Those groups were broken up by security forces that in some cases deployed excessive violence. One video widely circulated on social media showed Mexican immigration agents knocking to the ground and repeatedly stamping on a migrant. The two agents have since been suspended. They have reached year-highs along the U. Many of the Haitians interviewed by Reuters said they used to live in South America, often Brazil or Chile, but decided to move on because they could not attain legal status there or struggled to secure decent jobs.
Some Haitians also said they were encouraged by videos they saw on social media about obtaining asylum in the United States.
Their Caribbean homeland long has been plagued by economic and political instability and repeated natural disasters. Most recently, Haiti's president was assassinated in July and in August the country was battered by both a 7. Haitian Alexandro Petitfrere, 30, said that when he left a difficult life as a construction worker in Brazil last July, he hoped Mexico might prove a better home.
Reuters was not able to confirm his allegation.
He said he then had to sleep in queues to get a permit to stay in the area, could not find work, struggled to afford accommodation and said there was rampant discrimination against Haitians. But because they mistreated us, I decided to come here," Petitfrere said.
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