Mile 9.2 by Ada Trillo
I met Pedro at a migrant shelter in the Mexican city of Juárez – across the border from El Paso, Texas. Originally from central Honduras, 56-year-old Pedro and his teenage son fled after being threatened and attacked by a local gang.
After witnessing a quadruple murder and reporting it to Honduran authorities, three gang members were arrested – and Pedro’s family became a target. In retaliation, the gang ambushed and opened fire on Pedro’s son. He survived, but a friend who happened to be with him was shot and permanently disabled by his injuries. Gang members then informed Pedro and his son that if they stayed in Honduras, they would be killed.
They escaped to the US-Mexico border and began the asylum process with the help of Grupo Beta, the humanitarian arm of Mexico’s main immigration agency. They’ve been waiting to formally enter the US and ask for asylum since May.