A group of some 80 Central American migrants that had been lodging at a shelter in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez waiting for their asylum claims to be processed in the United Stated opted on Tuesday (July 30) to return to their home countries.
"Many have shown their intention to return," said Enrique Valenzuela, director of the Chihuahua state population council.
The migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador had been sent back to Mexico's Ciudad Juarez opposite El Paso, Texas, after requesting asylum in the United States under a contentious U.S policy known as Migration Protection Protocols (MPP).
More than 15,000 migrants claiming asylum in the United States after crossing the U.S.-Mexican border, most of them Central Americans, have been sent back to Mexico to wait for their cases to be processed since January under MPP, according to Mexican officials.
But while some have given up on their asylum claims, others play to wait it out for now.
"We're waiting here for them to continue calling people from the list," said Jovany Del Cid, an Honduran migrant.
"That's what they promised us."