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Migrants arrive in Agua Prieta, seek asylum through Douglas Port of Entry

Posted at 9:10 PM, Nov 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-27 00:35:20-05

A group of migrants from Central America arrived in Agua Prieta, Sonora last week, according to a local shelter volunteer.

Centro de Atencion al Migrante Exodus volunteer Perla Deangel says the 28 migrants arrived on Friday and Saturday on a commercial bus. She says they are 20 to 35-year-old transgender women seeking asylum from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Four people have been granted asylum so far from the Douglas, Ariz. Port of Entry.

Deangel says it’s dangerous for the migrants in their home countries and to stay in Mexico so they intend to gain entry to the United States.

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Deangel says clothing and other necessities have been donated to the shelter, but not everyone in Agua Preita are in favor of the migrants being sheltered there.

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There is a lot of uncertainty about the future of the remaining migrants in Agua Pieta, according to Deangel. She says she’s not sure if they will all be able to pass into the U.S. or if more will be coming.