Burrito seller sees Border Patrol dropping off fewer migrants in San Diego
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Burrito seller sees Border Patrol dropping off fewer migrants in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (Border Report) – Benny Reyes sells burritos from his Burrito Factory vehicle across the street from the Iris Avenue Trolley Station in South San Diego.

It’s there six days a week, starting at 6 a.m

Reyes presents six to eight different options every day.

“Potatoes and chorizo, beans and cheese, meat and cactus, chipotle chicken and more,” he said in Spanish.

For the past few months, he has witnessed a daily parade of Border Patrol buses dropping off asylum seekers at the trolley station.

“I counted as many as 12 buses in five hours.”

The retailer says its business does not depend on imported migrants, but on people who frequently use the transit center: commuters looking for a quick and convenient snack.

Benny Reyes is a burrito vendor across the street from the Iris Avenue Trolley Center. (Salvador Rivera/Border Report)

“Most migrants come from different nationalities and don’t know Mexican cuisine, so they don’t know anything about burritos and they won’t look for us when they get off the bus.”

However, he noted that the number of buses dropping off migrants has dropped significantly over the past few weeks.

“I barely see them anymore these days,” Reyes said.

This started happening before last week, when President Biden issued an executive order restricting asylum.

The Iris Avenue Transit Center is relatively quiet because the Border Patrol doesn’t drop off as many migrants at the trolley station just a few miles north of the border. (Salvador Rivera/Border Report)

Many people, like Reyes, have ongoing questions about the president’s new asylum guidelines.

“I do not know what’s going on”.

Even people in the media are having difficulty understanding the new policy.

To set the record straight, the Department of Homeland Security again held a conference call for reporters on Monday to explain the new procedures.

A DHS spokesman said Mexico has agreed to accept as many as 30,000 migrants a month from countries including Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, Venezuela, as well as other Central American countries.

During the call, DHS also confirmed that thousands of migrants have already been expelled, but did not provide an exact number.

According to DHS, most Mexican and Central American migrants will be returned almost immediately after being apprehended.

It all depends on the number of encounters with migrants along the southern border.

If the daily average exceeds 2,500 over a seven-day period, most migrants will be turned back and will not be able to apply for asylum.

Unaccompanied children, people in life-threatening situations and people with CBP One appointments will be released.

Many migrants, especially from countries in Africa, the Middle East and China, can apply for asylum after crossing the border.

They will be released on their own recognizance or given court dates at which they can start their asylum cases.

Those processed in the San Diego Sector will continue to be transported to the Iris Avenue Trolley Station.

These releases are not expected to be as frequent, and people like Reyes will likely see even fewer buses arriving.