Asylum seekers, currently residing in a migrant camp located just south of the United States-Mexico border, say they are plagued by crime and kidnappings and that the Biden administration has yet to address their safety concerns, even as Vice President Kamala Harris meets with Mexican officials to discuss immigration policy.
Speaking to NBC News, a volunteer who helps to handle child welfare and education issues in a massive border camp that has cropped up just across the border from McAllen, Texas, says that residents, who are waiting their turn in front of an American immigration court, live in fear of drug gangs and cartels that seem to operate with impunity.
The gang members and cartels“come into the plaza,” Felicia Rangel-Samponaro told the network. “They drag a person away. You hear the person screaming for help. Everyone stands around and watches, which is understandable. No one wants to die.”
Rangel-Samponaro told NBC that “two weeks ago at least six people were kidnapped from