MATAMOROS, Mexico – Thousands of asylum seekers are waiting in Mexico. They are expected to be relocated soon to a shelter. But some are fearing moving to a new location. At their current location, thousands of asylum seekers have waited for months to have their cases heard in the U.S. and they fear of having to relocate away from the bridge and missing their court date.
“We want to give them a shelter but they don’t want to move.”
Nydia Maldonado, Matamoros Public Health Secretary says although
migrants do not want to move they are being relocated due to health concerns. The plan is to provide a roofed shelter for them at the Alberca Chavez located six miles from the bridge.
“Obviously we’re working here on the sidewalk, We’re not providing care for a complex situation. If anyone comes and needs to be hospitalized. We’re providing care for basic conditions colds, coughs, diarrea, rashes, those are probably our most common conditions that were seeing here.”
Relocation is not the only thing migrants fear this week. They also fear losing their tents to strong winds. The wind gusts reached nearly 30 miles per hour and temperatures dropping tonight into the 50’s.
Officials say preparations for that shelter are in process but migrants could be relocated as early as Monday, Oct. 28.