City Juarez Chihuahua.- Christmas It is a time of celebration and joy for many families around the world, but For those who have been forced to flee Because of violence and poverty in their home countries, Celebration can be a painful reminder that he left behind.
Family of 15 in Guatemala have had to flee violence in their hometown and, although Has tried to visit his relatives in California, US asylum restrictions have prevented him.
Instead of enjoying the traditional Christmas celebrations of fireworks, pageants and processions with a statue of the Virgin Mary, They have joined the surveillance at a border shelter.
“Yeah, those traditions are hard to leave behind, but they had to be left for the same reason”said Marlon Cruz, 25, a farmer in Guatemala. “When you go from house to house and you hear shots, we’re locked in the house”,
For those who have had to move, Christmas can be a particularly difficult time.
thousands of migrants who have almost certainly fled violence and poverty in their countries They’ll spend Christmas in overcrowded shelters or on the streets of border towns, Where many people are victims of organized crime.
The US government has asked the Supreme Court not to lift pandemic restrictions on asylum seekers before the end of this week, although a lower court granted the administration’s request to have until December 21 before lifting the restrictions, which said goes title 42,
such restriction Has been used over 2.5 million times to remove asylum seekers who crossed the border illegally and returned most of the applicants at the border.
For those who have had to leave their homes and traditions behind, celebrating christmas can be a sad celebration, remembering everything they have left behind and the circumstances in which they currently find themselves. However, in spite of all the difficulties, Many immigrants continue to search for ways to celebrate Christmas and keep hope for a better future alive.
For example, at a migrant camp in El Paso, Texas, a young man named Daniel Morgan dressed in a Santa Claus hat and Christmas sweater and offered candy to bring a little joy to other migrants.
“It’s a complicated subject and I’m not an expert on it.Morgan said, handing over the candy.Christ came into the world to give himself to us, and that’s why we’re here, To give to others what I have”.
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Despite the difficult circumstances, Christmas was an opportunity for Daniels to remember the message of love and hope of Jesus’ birth and find ways to share that message with others.
Morgan Lee and Giovanna Dell’Orto With information from The Associated Press