Lucia Huerta

A Mother's Journey: Notions of Motherhood in Asylum-Seeker Mothers Remaining in Mexico

U.S. asylum policies in place in our current context of massive migration from Central and South America and the COVID pandemic are forcing asylum-seeking migrants to remain in the city of Tijuana, Mexico temporarily while they wait for their turn to be processed into the US. This research explores how gendered notions of motherhood influence the decision-making processes of asylum-seeking mothers “stuck” in the city of Tijuana. While much research has been done on the gendered experiences of migrant mothers that have already arrived at their place of destination, little conversation is taking place on migrant mothers “stuck” in-between their place of origin and their destination. As non-members of the city, the mothers are often in a vulnerable position, needing support from local non-profit organizations. Current migration policies from the U.S and Mexico are not providing aid to this community. These policies have to take into account their position as women, mothers, and migrants. Through in-depth interviews, I will look into what influences the decisions taken by asylum-seeking mothers stuck in Mexico and what policies should be implemented by the U.S. and Mexican government to ensure their safety.