CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico –
A familiar blend of frustration, patience and determination spreads among migrants at Mexico’s northern border waiting to enter the United States as they face the reality that limited asylum in the current pandemic will remain for now.
Cautious optimism about immediate reopenings prevailed after a judge in November ordered the introduction of a public health rule known as Title 42 that ends on December 21. But the Court The US Supreme Court quashed those hopes with a 5-4 ruling on Tuesday to hear the policy arguments in February and to keep it in place until they rule.
Cristian Alexis Alvarez, 26, said returning to Honduras with his wife and 5-year-old daughter was not an option after experiencing two kidnappings, starvation and sleeping in the streets during the lengthy journey. 4 months to Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas.
Alvarez, who wants to reunite with his family in the United States and has been deported to Mexico under Title 42, said the Supreme Court’s decision was “a bit painful” but he was determined to wait for another chance.
“We can’t go back and that’s all there is to do – wait until we see what happens,” he said after hearing the news.
Tuesday’s ruling is likely to keep Title 42 in place for at least several months but is not final. The court will consider whether the 19 states challenging the policy have the power to intervene in the case.
Both the federal government and immigration advocates argue that the states have waited too long and – even if they don’t – they are not in a position to intervene.
Under Title 42, migrants have been denied asylum under U.S. and international law 2.5 million times since March 2020 on the pretext of preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Angeles Colmenares, 23, said she was “a bit surprised” by the court’s ruling and had hoped to be in the US during the winter break but was determined to wait. She dropped out of her studies in public finance because she no longer saw a future in Venezuela. About 7 million Venezuelans have left their country since 2014.
Colmenares, who arrived in Ciudad Juarez with her partner and three cousins, said her advice to other migrants is to believe that “with the grace of God, we will achieve our dream. our dreams and if we don’t, we’ll achieve something in Mexico.”
While Title 42 applies to all nationalities, it most heavily affects people from countries that Mexico accepts: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and, more recently, Venezuela, in addition to Mexico itself. High costs, strained diplomatic relations, and other considerations complicate U.S. efforts to deport others, including Cubans and Nicaraguans.
Norky Jamar, 34, said the court’s decision was a blow but her family hopes the fortunes that have brought them safely through Panama’s notorious jungle will last until they reach the United States. .
“We’ve always traveled with God’s blessing,” she said. “That’s the first thing we need to keep in mind.”