Mexican authorities warn refugee mothers about men who want to buy migrant children to improve their chances of asylum on the border with the United States.
Officials have become concerned after men from & # 39; Central America or Haiti & # 39; the mothers – especially those who were considered vulnerable – approached the Iglesia Evangelica Embajadores de Jesus reception center in Tijuana, giving them $ 350 to buy a child to cross over to the US
It is unknown whether the men wanted to buy the children for their own purposes or as intermediaries for other migrants looking for a way to bypass their asylum requests with US immigration officials.
According to a San Diego Union Tribune Report, a 44-year-old Honduran mother has decided to keep her sons by her side after seeing men look to buy children from mothers in the shelter.
& # 39; I can't go to work because I can't keep my eyes off my boys & # 39 ;, said Antonia Portillo Cruz.
Groups of men have turned up at the Iglesia Evangelica Embajadores de Jesus (photo) in Tijuana, Mexico, and are trying to buy children for $ 350 that would be used as props to seek asylum at the US border.
A child is standing next to the border between Mexico and the United States
Portillo Cruz, whose sons are eight and ten years old, said no offers were made, but she fears that the requests might become abductions if the mothers don't accept the conditions.
& # 39; They want to rob our children so they can enter the United States, & # 39; she added.
The news that this tactic was being applied by traffickers in the neighborhood of the shelter led Pastor Gustavo Banda to step up security measures and close the gate to the church.
& # 39; These are cases of despair, & # 39; said Banda.
& # 39; Of course, the women have not accepted any of these offers, but this is clearly a major concern because of the danger to the children. & # 39;
A 15-year-old migrant from Haiti told the San Diego Union Tribune when she saw men visit the childcare offer to buy children.
& # 39; I couldn't even imagine the horror before I came here, & # 39; she said.
A reception center is near Mexican and Central American migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, seeking asylum
Migrants are walking around the Juventud 2000 reception center in Tijuana, Mexico
& # 39; I just wonder what happens to the kids when they talk about it. It is not like their mother or father will take care of them, no matter what. & # 39;
According to the Ministry of Homeland Security, the government discovered 46 cases of family fraud in fiscal year 2017 compared to 600 cases in fiscal year 2018, which ended in September 2018.
In February, Maynor Velásquez Molina was accused of paying a $ 130 family to allow him to use their eight-year-old son to cross the southern US border with Mexico.
The Guatemalan man paid another $ 130 to purchase a modified birth certificate.
Velásquez Molina and the child passed the Lukeville, Arizona, border point with more than a hundred migrants on February 18, but four days later he was caught when the immigration authorities noticed that the documents were not genuine.
A man places a candle on the Mexican coast at an international border crossing that separates Mexico and the United States
A woman (center) holds a candle during a vigil held in honor of migrants who have died on their travels to the US border with Mexico
According to Telemundo, the Central American migrant told border officials that he & # 39; had a boy in Guatemala to cross the border with him from Mexico to the United States because he was told it was easier to go that way. & # 39 ;
Shortly thereafter, in May the DHS unveiled a pilot program that included the DNA of families when they applied for asylum at the southern border crossing with Mexico.
The program lasted only a few days and was only administered at the Texas border points in the cities of McAllen and El Paso, the Washington Examiner reported.
At least 30 percent of the adults were not related to the children they claimed were theirs.
Since October 2018, the DHS has reported more than 1,000 fraudulent families at the border.
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