Migrant mother in caravan pleads for Trump to ‘open the doors for us’

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A mother who said she is fleeing persecution in Nicaragua and hopes to receive political asylum in the United States pleaded with President Trump to “open the doors for us.”

“I would get on my knees and beg,” Idenia Molina Rocha told CBS News in a report published on Saturday.

“Don’t send us back,” she continued. “We’re walking and scared. You say you will militarize the border but I pray to God that with our evidence of persecution you won’t send us back. I fear for my family’s life. Please Mr. Trump, open the doors for us, I beg you.” 

{mosads}Rocha was interviewed by the news agency in Mexico as she and her family travel with more migrants who have fled persecution in their home countries in efforts to make it through to the U.S.-Mexico border and eventually the American asylum process.

In footage of the interview, Rocha can be seen holding a newspaper she said shows photos of her family and her home on the front page. Rocha says she and her family are being persecuted in Nicaragua for supporting those who oppose their president.

Rocha told the publication she and her family fled their home country and went to Guatemala after they began to see “wanted” signs of them being posted up around the time. 

Rocha said they began to hear news of a migrant caravan after they made it to southern Mexico.

Earlier on Saturday, Trump insisted that troops will be stationed at the southern border for “as long as necessary” ahead of the arrival of a caravan of Central American asylum-seekers.

He previously threatened to send upwards of 15,000 troops to the border, which would amount to more total service members than the country has stationed in Afghanistan.

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