A sandwich. A boarding pass. Migrants stranded at San Diego Airport depend on volunteers for help

A sandwich. A boarding pass. Migrants stranded at San Diego Airport depend on volunteers for help

From food to finding flights, volunteer groups send support to the airport nightly to help asylum seekers.

By Kate Morrissey, for Capital & Main  

Oscar, a 35-year-old Venezuelan man, sat on the floor of the San Diego International Airport, wondering how he was going to make it to Denver.

He had about $60, what was left of the money he had when he crossed the Mexican-U.S. border at a California port of entry on Jan. 4 for an appointment to request asylum. He’d checked the airfare before his asylum appointment and calculated he had enough to purchase a flight. But prices had climbed, and now he was hundreds of dollars short. His family waiting for him in Colorado didn’t have the money to help him.

He had already spent his first night on U.S. soil at the airport, and now he faced another.

As the evening wore on, a woman approached him and asked if he wanted a sandwich. He was surprised to learn it was free. Then she asked if he already had a boarding pass.

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