Forty-five Haitian migrants on their way to the U.S. were rescued by Mexican authorities after their bus was stranded last week. They proceeded to lie about being from Africa and were given a 30-day pass to travel freely.
“Migrants have learned to lie about their nationality on their journey from Mexico to the United States, and the country that best receives political asylum is Africa,” Patrick Murphy, director of the Casa Del Migrante, told El Universal. It was revealed they were really Haitian when they stayed at Murphy’s hostel in Tijuana.
The original news article that described them as being African said their final destination was New York. The 45 Haitian migrants were part of a group of 52 who were taking a bus to Tijuana.
Tijuana has recently had an influx of migrants from overseas who are seeking asylum in the United States. A June Excelsior article describes Afghans, Ethiopians, Pakistanis and other foreigners gathering in Tijuana with the final goal of going to San Ysidro, Calif., and seeking political asylum.
The U.S. resettled nearly 70,000 refugees in fiscal year 2015.