Elena: Why I asked for refuge in Canada after coming to the United States?

Despite freezing temperatures in winter, Toronto is the preferred destination for Salvadoran refugees. The 51.5% of all city residents belong to visible minorities from around the world.
Oscar Vigil

Toronto, Glen. Given the uncertainty is happening in our country right now, I had no choice but to leave for the United States. I arrived at the border land and I had to give and ask for asylum.

But there you have one under unfavorable conditions. I was in migration, in the animal shelter", an ugly one place give a foil to which arrope, there spent six days sleeping on a mat on the floor, are as halls the lattice divides. My little girl was separated from me.

Then they sent one night for a place that say "The Cooler", because it makes a tremendous cold, intense. Many people say it is a punishment for one to say "I want to go back to my country", others say it is to desinfectarnos. ICE agents are harassing one, tease one.

Then we were sent to a shelter, in San Antonio, Texas. We were there 12 days, but better attention, We share a room with other people and sleeping in cabins, and we had food, because in La Perrera only they gave us bread with lettuce, only that, and abuse.

In the hostel I studied my case and made the procedure for submitting my application for asylum. I was two hours explaining to an officer why he was seeking asylum, It was a very difficult appointment because they put into question one. I sent the response two days later saying he could submit my application.

There were many Salvadorans and Hondurans who had given a negative response because their cases were not credible, They said they were just waiting for the Salvadoran consulate buy them a ticket for El Salvador.

They told me I could stay temporarily in the United States, I placed a shackle with satellite locator on my foot and told me I had to introduce myself to ICE offices had eight days while the audience. My family bought me a bus ticket, I went to live in Virginia where an uncle and introduced myself to the offices of ICE.

ICE offices were always full and people who treated me were terrible, oppress us, They avail themselves of the need that one walks, and the worst is that many of these people are Hispanic, They see their faces Hispanic.

Spent eight months traveling every week, He came and signed. Then I was told I had to go every month. I got the hearing for November. to sustain, what he did was work on cleaning under the table and earned nothing more for rent.

In the ICE they gave me a list of lawyers who are supposedly free, but when you do not call you want to grab the case. The audience approached me, and as I could not afford a lawyer went alone, I asked all my data and was told I had to get a lawyer.

The other audience left me for December, to that either I took a lawyer and the judge told me that me he had nothing to talk. I expressed that I could not afford a lawyer because he could not work, but he told me I had to find some. I handed the papers he walked and told me I could not do anything, I needed to talk to my lawyer.

One month after, in January, I got an appointment for a third hearing, and nor had since I was not a lawyer, because some people told me that there were going to deport me.

At that time I had heard of Canada, I was told that Canada was better care, there was no discrimination, it was a country that sympathized with people in these cases, studying your case and if they see convenient help you. That's when I decided to take off the shackles that had been used for almost a year on my foot, and we left for Canada.

We made two attempts. In the first contacted someone who contacted someone else. They brought from Virginia to a place in Vermont, but we did not arrive until the border because asking and demanding more money, and the person who told me I was going to help and could not pay more, then they left us lost on a mountain.

It was in February this year and it was snowing, We stopped at a gas station thrown in the middle of nowhere, there were no houses around. We had run out of balance in the cell and no money, because the coyotes asked us all the money that we were and gave them because we think so we would not leave you thrown away.

My daughter asked the cashier at the gas station to give away you a call to be able to communicate with our family of Virginia, and they got us a little hotel in the area, but there no service Uber, then the cashier said she would call us to take us.

But we never thought that whoever was going to call the police.

We were on a small table, it was snowing and the police came because they were told that walked two lost girls! I was in shock. They told the girl who should be studying and she told them she had asked permission, They called the school and confirmed that yes was studying there. I asked the passport, they called my family in Virginia and the Virginia police to see our file, but they did not say anything.

went for New Jersey and a few days later did the second attempt. We are looking for someone else, I got the location to where we needed to go and from New Jersey paid an Uber, We arrived about 10:00 of the night, we got off and told us to enter, I came prepared to ask for shelter at the border, but there was no one, That's right we walk, We cross the border, We walked and later was the person who was waiting for us here in Canada.

From there we were taken to the city of Montreal, Quebec, And then we come to Mississauga, Ontario. And we are here made the application for refugee status, we had the documentation that we fill out and now we are waiting to give us the date for our audience as we live with health insurance, with work permit, unshackled without abuse.

Roxham Road, a secret with voices

Roxham Road, Canadian province of Quebec, is a blind border point only because nobody wants to see. Crosses here 95% people who have previously sought protection in the United States and want to do now in Canada, since they can not do directly in an official border crossing point because it prevents the Treaty of the Safe Third Country (Safe Third Country Agreement, STCA) signed in 2004 between Canada and the United States.

But this "blind border point" appears on thousands of blogs dealing with immigration and refuge in Canada, and appears with coordinates and maps. So popular has become, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada have erected tents to shelter prosecutions.

People come to the place, they tell officials coming to seek shelter and let them in. Everyone knows this because he has been all over the media, it is one of the safest crossings almost 9 thousand kilometer border separating the two countries, most of it consisting of rivers and lakes.

According to reports from the IRB, since the President of the United States, Donald Trump, She began with its anti-immigrant policies, They have been over 40,000 people who have entered Canada through unauthorized entry points for shelter request.