Honduran Youth Pastor Wins Asylum Case to Enter U.S. After Seven Months of Waiting in Mexico

Migrants and asylum seekers gather outside near the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico. | World Relief

A youth pastor from Honduras who traveled with the migrant caravan last year has won an asylum case after spending over seven months in Mexico awaiting entry into the United States.

Douglas Oviedo won his case on Monday before Judge Rico Bartolomei, with his attorney successfully arguing that the pastor had shown himself to have “lived a life of community work that spanned his time in Honduras” and Mexico, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

This included working with at-risk youth in Honduras and helping to build a shelter for other migrants in Tijuana while waiting for his case to be processed.

“In the final weeks leading up to his final asylum hearing, Douglas worked around the clock to finish the migrant shelter,” reported the Union-Tribune.

Oviedo was granted asylum in part to flee from threats of violence from gangs in Honduras, who targeted him in response to his work among the youth of the Central American nation.

Centro Legal de la Raza, an Oakland, California-based advocacy group that represented Oviedo, took to Facebook on Tuesday to celebrate the decision.

“Thank you to our fabulous Immigration team for scoring a win. Douglas is an amazing individual who has been working to organize and support his community. Working with him to fight his case has been an honor,” stated the group.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski