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>> Jose Bermudez was already on his journey to the United States from Honduras with his family when he heard stories about children getting separated from their parents at the border. That stopped him cold in his tracks and he's now planning to stay here in Oaxaca, Mexico instead, at least for now.
>> Many of my friends have been telling me that the situation on the border is ugly, and that they're taking children away from their families so I don't wanna risk my family. I prefer to stay two or three months to see what happens.>> He's not alone. Several other migrants Reuters spoke too are also hesitating about crossing over to the US and are now considering staying in Mexico.
Still, others are hoping there's a way into America and are still lining up at the border, undeterred by the horror stories, says Reuters correspondent, Anthony Esposito, who is at the US-Mexican border in Tijuana.>> I spoke with about a dozen migrant families, mostly single mothers with their children that are waiting in line to seek asylum, transfer asylum in the United States.
Most of the people I spoke to today are aware of the new US policy of separating parents from their kids. And they said that despite what they've heard on the news, on social media, from other migrants, they say that they're willing to take that risk.>> The Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy that calls for the arrest of all adults caught trying to enter the United States illegally has resulted in over 2,000 children getting separated from their parents at the border in recent months.
For those choosing not to risk it and seeking asylum in Mexico, they too could face resistance down the line. Mexico itself has been coping with a dizzying rise in the asylum applications in recent years, even before the recent US crackdown on immigrants, and the video of young children in American detention facilities.