Hundreds of Ukrainian refugees are camping in Mexico City and waiting for the US government to allow them to enter the country.
About 500 evacuees waited Tuesday in large tents under the scorching sun on a dusty field east of Mexico’s sprawling capital. The camp has only been open for a week and 50 to 100 people arrive every day.
Some refugees have already made it to the US border in Tijuana where they were told they would no longer be admitted. Others arrived at airports in Mexico City or Cancun.
The US government announced in late March that it would accept up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees. Hundreds of people entered Mexico daily as tourists in Mexico City or Cancun and flew to Tijuana to wait a few days before being admitted to the United States at a San Diego border crossing on humanitarian parole.
Giorgi Mikaberidze, 19, arrived in Tijuana on April 25 to find the US border closed. It went from a few meters in the United States to some 966 kilometers in the Mexico City area. He said he traveled alone to Mexico.
“It’s very difficult to wait. We don’t know how the program will work,” he said.
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