Some US cities along the country's border with Mexico are looking for speakers of African languages to translate for Africans who have been caught trying to enter the country through Mexico.
According to a report available to YEN.com.gh, the Texas city of San Antonio is expecting hundreds of African migrants crossing from Mexico and are looking for African language speakers to act as translators when the illegal entrants are arrested at the border.
San Antonio officials have announced the search for speakers of the widely spoken central African language of Lingala, as well as African dialects of French and Portuguese to help break the language barrier.
It is reported that immigrants are mainly from the Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola.
“If you speak Lingala, you’d be very, very welcomed and very, very needed,” San Antonio immigration liaison Tino Gallegos is reported to have said.
Face2faceafrica.com reports that San Antonio has been forced to open a second migrant resource facility to host the migrants who are also being supported by local churches and nonprofits.
The surge in African migrants crossing the U.S. border from Mexico was noticed last month when U.S. border authorities were overwhelmed by a group of 116 illegal migrants from Africa who were caught on the night of May 30, 2019 near the border crossing in Del Rio, Texas.
This was the first time border officials have seen a large group of migrants from Africa taking advantage of the large-group tactic Central American migrants have learned to abuse, according to the Washington Times
They comprised of children and families who were attempting to use the loophole discovered by Central Americans to enter the country illegally and escape deportation.
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