After traveling for more than a month, through 8 countries– this Cuban refugee who did not want to be identified says he never imagined a place where he’d be welcomed with such love.
Monday night refugees began crossing the border from Juarez to El Paso. They not only stepped foot in a new country but turned the page to a new life.
“I’m ready to work hard and contribute to this society and help our families get ahead”, says a refugee.
But with a new beginning comes new dangers. Veronica Roman, the Executive Director of the Houchen Community Center says people showed up to the port of entry to ask refugees for money in exchange for a ride to their next location. Roman says it’s easy for the refugees to become victims.
“It’s desperate, what they want to do is just go home and for somebody to tell them ok you know what give me $500 and I’ll take you home, it’s very easy for them to say ok here you go” commented Roman.
Roman says thousands of refugees are expected to arrive in the coming days, including women and children.
“To what they have talked to me, they went through the forest they went walking, I mean they’ve been struggling a lot” says Roman.
The refugees we spoke with says they paid for all their expenses to get to the U.S. and are responsible for their travel arrangements to their final destination. Some are arriving alone to start a new life.. while others have family in different states, they all say they’re thankful to be in the land of opportunity and are excited for what’s ahead.
we’re thankful, thank you to mexico and to the united states.