Migrants face violence as US makes them wait in Mexico

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2019, file photo, a migrant sits with his children as they wait to hear if their number is called to apply for asylum in the U...
FILE - In this April 12, 2019, file photo, a girl from the Mexican state of Guerrero passes rows of tents as her family waits at a shelter of mostly M...
FILE - In this April 29, 2019, file photo, Cuban migrants are registered by Mexican immigration officials in Ciudad Juarez, as others wait to be taken...
In this June 18, 2019, photo, bodies of men shot dead in Ciudad Juarez lie on a sidewalk a block away from a hostel popular with Cuban immigrants seek...

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2019, file photo, a migrant sits with his children as they wait to hear if their number is called to apply for asylum in the U...

FILE - In this April 12, 2019, file photo, a girl from the Mexican state of Guerrero passes rows of tents as her family waits at a shelter of mostly M...

FILE - In this April 29, 2019, file photo, Cuban migrants are registered by Mexican immigration officials in Ciudad Juarez, as others wait to be taken...

In this June 18, 2019, photo, bodies of men shot dead in Ciudad Juarez lie on a sidewalk a block away from a hostel popular with Cuban immigrants seek...

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Migrants who are being forced to wait in Mexico while they try to win asylum in the U.S. complain they are being subjected to violence in the country's dangerous border cities.

One Cuban migrant, 22-year-old Roberto Escalona Moreno, says he witnessed a double murder on the street in Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas.

Juarez had four times as many homicides last year as New York, though it has only one-sixth the population. Other cities along the border are likewise drug- and gang-infested.

All told, more than 30,000 migrants who are pressing for asylum in the U.S. are believed to be waiting it out on the Mexican side.