SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Valerie and her son walked around this place on Monday Monday after spending three months on a tranquil journey from Brazil, through Central America to Texas.
Valerie, a Congolese woman, fled his country war with his family and is now trying to create a new life here.
"We left Congo because there were no sources for us … my son really liked it." I also liked it here, as well. For this reason I came to know my life , to improve my life, "he said in French.
BORDER ARRESTS SKYROCKET WITHOUT, THE OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVE "FULL-BLOWN" EMERGENCY
Valerie is one of the hundreds of African migrants who arrived in San Antonio last week. City leaders say they have not been headed and quickly replaced to accommodate them and quickly recruit some French-speaking volunteers who may serve as translators.
"The City of San Antonio has received over 200 individuals, mostly families and children. Families were released by the United States Customs and Border Patrol in the country with paperworks that motivated them in Portland, Maine, "said Interim Assistant City Manager Dr. Colleen Bridger.
Most of these remained at Travis Park Church, which regularly hosted asylum seekers.
"I do not need to be surprised … we respond to daily border changes, we just need to know that this process has not really hurt us," says Gavin Rogers, pastor.
Congolese migrants are not only coming in alarming numbers. Border Patrol agents reported arrests to more than 500 people from Africa from May 30. The group includes nationals from Angola, Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
As Border Patrol sees migrants from Africa, this is the first time they have seen a large group crossing together.
"It's really an anomaly for us," said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul Ortiz. "I think most of these, you know, obviously fly to different locations. And then, when they find themselves in one place then they start out a plan to the south of the border of the Mexican United States here. "
For years, people from Congo and neighboring countries fled to escape political instability and violence. According to the UN Refugee Agency, 4.5 million people from the DRC were lost. But numbers seem to rise and officials in border towns are struggling to keep up.
"Some [refugees] may travel for months to arrive at Mexico's border in search of better opportunities offered by the US, the human rights offered by the US," said Bonita Sharma, an assistant professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio's College of Public Policy, at The Rivard Report.
Unlike most Mexicans and Central Americans, many migrants from Africa have no roots in America or families who can carry them once they are released from immigration detention. "immigration officials do not
" Often, individuals from the African continent do not have a permanent address or a sponsor in the US. And then you just need to point out an immigration court near where they think is going to eventually end up and expect their reports to themselves, "said Ortiz.
FOOTAGE SHOWS MIGRANTS walking around the border of the wall to enter US