Thousands of asylum seekers living in tents in Matamoros, Mexico could soon be removed and taken to a shelter.
Immigrants living on the other side they aren’t ready to go, and advocates are concerned for their safety.
“El 28 nos van a sacar, el 28 nos van a sacar,” repeated Ashli Ramos from Honduras. It translates to ‘they are going to remove us on the 28,” a phrase she has heard around the campsite.
Ramos has been living in a tent along the international bridge for three months with her mother.
When asked if she would leave, Ramos said no, and said the majority of immigrants don’t want to leave.
Andrea Rudnick is Co-Founder of Team Brownsville, a local group which has helped the immigrants survive for the past year and half.
“From 300 to 400 to 500. Now, there are 2,000 people in that area,” said Rudnik.
“We have been the ones that have been providing them meals, supplies, diapers, wipes, hygiene materials, clothing,” said Rudnick.
She says the team is concerned about the removal.
“We actually don’t know how it will go. We are hoping it is going to be voluntary, we don’t want to see any forced removal over to Mundo Nuevo,” said Rudnick.
Ramos says if they move the immigrants to a shelter, they would be further away from the bridge, which is direct access to the courts.
Ramos says her first court date was in October and her second court date will be in December.
Those living under MPP have permission to work in Mexico, but Ramos says it’s been difficult to get a job and her mother keeps trying.
Ramos says for those who have been forced to go wait in Mexico, like her, have made due with what they got which is each other.
The Matamoros Mayor has not confirmed the date of the asylum seekers removal but is looking for solutions to help the immigrants find a job.