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>> Concepción Batista recently fled Guatemala after gang members seized her home and threatened to kill her. She wanted to reunite with her father and two sons in the US, but for now she believes applying for asylum in Mexico is wiser than trying to get into the United States.
> If God doesn't allow me to be there with my other two children then it will be here in Mexico.>> Batista is not alone. Reuters reporter Carlos Jasso visited a shelter in Tenosique, Mexico and spoke to migrants who increasingly are ditching the American dream and calling Mexico home.
>> Samuel, a migrant from El Salvador, told me that the gang kidnapped and killed his teenager son prompting him to migrate north with his family. At the beginning, he wanted to get to the US but now he decides to stay south of the border. Trump's clamp down on immigration is making Samuel and other immigrants wonder if the US is now a safe place to make a new life.
>> As a result, the number of people applying for asylum in Mexico has soared by more than 150% since Donald Trump was elected US President.>> More and more of the people arriving in Mexico tell us that, they see Mexico as the country of destination, not only as a transit country.
>> Meanwhile, the Trump administration has pointed to a sharp decline in immigrant detentions in the first few months of this year as a vindication for the President's tough immigration policies. Smugglers, however are taking advantage of the situation. Some undocumented migrants have reported that the prices charged by Coyotes has risen sharply since Trump took office, now hovering around $10,000.
A few years ago, it cost $6,000 to cross the border. Mexico has beefed up its own border forces, last year arresting 150,000 migrants. Regardless of the struggles in Mexico or the hard journey north, Central American migrants agree on one thing, they do not want to return home.