Living with an Electronic Shackle: A Undocumented Immigrant’s Story


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The immigration crisis on the southern border of the United States is making life increasingly difficult for migrants. Many choose to cross without documents due to the long and complex legal procedures. Sobeida Beatriz González, an undocumented Venezuelan migrant, is one of them. She is in a shelter in El Paso, Texas, one of the borders with the most arrivals of immigrants. González shares her anguish at feeling “like a criminal” after having illegally crossed the border fence. She wears an electronic shackle, which watches her all the time, since she is not allowed to leave 120 kilometers from the border. She questions why she has to wear it and what crime she committed.

In this difficult journey, the CBP One application has emerged as an option for some migrants. This free mobile application allows immigrants who do not have authorization to enter the United States to request an appointment to appear in a US court and a judge will analyze their asylum application. Then, they will be able to enter under the humanitarian parole process. Ax Canales, a 13-year-old migrant, has been approved through CBP One. He feels pain because he leaves his two brothers and the country behind. His parents and siblings also granted permission to enter the United States with CBP One.

The contrast of opinions in El Paso on immigration laws is evident. Some believe that it is not racist to ensure that the laws of the country are complied with, while others extend their space to immigrants to prevent children and mothers from being on the streets. Migrants find refuge in places like El Paso, Texas, where they receive support and protection while they wait for a decision about their future in the United States. Sobeida, along with other migrants, awaits with uncertainty the result of their legal process, while Ax and his family wait with hope for the opportunity to settle in the country.

The SB 4 law in Texas has raised concerns among immigrants. It allows officers to arrest those they suspect are undocumented, which could lead to racial discrimination. The law does not say where in Texas it will be applying, and it clashes with federal law, which contemplates that there are people who request their right to seek asylum in the United States. The highest courts will have to make a decision about this.

The situation for migrants on the southern border of the United States is filled with hope and uncertainty. The journey is difficult, and the legal process is complex. Migrants like Sobeida and Ax are facing challenges as they wait for a decision about their future in the United States. The contrast of opinions on immigration laws in El Paso reflects the complexity of the issue. The hope is that migrants will find the support and protection they need while they navigate through this challenging time.

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