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Nigerian asylum seekers accuse US border officials of racism

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United States border officials have been turning away asylum seekers from Nigeria, Colombia, Honduras and Mexico, sparking complaints of unfair treatment.

The immigration officials at the Mexican border also denied emigrants from Russia entry into the U.S.

Ukrainians who sought refuge in the US were however allowed to go into the U.S.

Russians trying to enter the United States at the Mexican border were frustrated that they were not getting in like Ukrainians were, despite leaving their homeland over the invasion of Ukraine.

Last week, U.S. officials let dozens of Ukrainians through but Russians remained in the limbo, prompting some to camp on the pavement alongside a barbed-wire border fence, defying warnings from Mexican authorities to leave.

As the Russians wait, U.S. border officials also denied entry to asylum seekers from Nigeria, Colombia, Honduras and Mexico, sparking complaints of racism.

“There’s an element of racism by U.S. authorities,” said Kevin Salgado, 19, a Mexican from the violent state of Michoacan, where he said his father and 16-year-old brother, both members of community police, were killed.

“Why are they letting the Ukrainians pass? … Can someone explain to us?” (with Reuters reports)

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