EAGLE PASS - A Honduran family of four who arrived at an Eagle Pass Port of Entry late last week was granted asylum in the U.S. Tuesday afternoon, according to the information provided by Customs of Border Protection.
The family is comprised of Jorge Samuel Acosta Ochoa, his wife and their two small children.
Mr. Ochoa said he and his family fled their country because of government corruption and violence against its citizens.
The family, who said they were happy and grateful for the opportunity for a better life in America, arrived to Piedras Negras nearly a month ago, but applied for asylum just four days ago at International Bridge 2.
Immigration officials conducted background and criminal history checks on all four before granting them refuge.
CPB agents said just like the Ochoa's, there are many families and individuals from Central American countries arriving at all U.S. ports of entry seeking asylum.
In fact, in the past six months, the U.S. has received over 10,000 asylum applications from people who have fled their country- the majority of whom are from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.
"It's overwhelming," said one agent who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "Every single day we see more and more people requesting permanent stay, but unfortunately we can't approve everyone."
As for the Ochoa's, they're headed to West Virginia where they have family members who were granted asylum earlier this year.