Migrants waiting months at the bridge for asylum
Right behind the Matamoros International Bridge, a group of migrants have been waiting for weeks, some even months, to seek political asylum in the United States.
Those that line the international bridges are fleeing a life and death reality Central Americans face on a daily basis. Migrants are fleeing threats of being killed and extortion.
CBS 4 spoke to a Salvadorian woman who we will call Guadalupe. She tells us she left El Salvador with her two kids after being brutally beaten by gang members.
"I was forced to leave my country because they threatened me. I lost my home, I lost everything. Our opportunities and our wings are cut by the gang violence in our country," she explained as she showed us images of her injuries.
Guadalupe has been waiting for 3 months. She sits at the bridge and waits for her number to be called.
"Luckily for me I'm number 10 on the list," says Guadalupe.
About 30 asylum seekers are processed daily at the international bridges throughout the Valley.
According to a report conducted by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, the number of rejected asylum cases reached a record 65 percent nationwide.
"I think that there is a different attitude now at the ports of entry. Its not so much wait in line, its basically them telling them wait in line but we want you to go back home," says immigration attorney, Norma Sepulveda.
Sepulveda says there's no reason why the government should have asylum seekers wait months for them to be processed, especially with the ports of entry always seeing large numbers of migrants seeking asylum.
"Once they have been waiting to be able to request at the port of entry then they're looking at several weeks sometimes months in detention before they're able to even seek asylum. So, definitely whats going on is wrong, it's illegal and it should stop," Sepulveda said.
Despite knowing that she may not receive asylum, Guadalupe says she is not giving up hope.
"Human rights is something God gave us but, at the end of the day, only God knows," says Guadalupe.
Many of them tell CBS 4 they hope they can get a shot at a better life in the United States.