Families transported to the border say they are shocked and confused

Carlos Cocoy stands next to a group of immigrants hiding under a border bridge as the sun shines.

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She and her son have just been fired. After all, he's trying to figure out how to cross the US again.

"I will try to return to the United States, because things are very difficult in Guatemala," he said. "I have five children to support."

Like many immigrants CNN spoke to in recent days across the border, Cocoy seems to be amazed at the way American immigration officials have treated him. His voice breaks as he describes how he was soon deported to a country where he hoped to find work to support his family. "They didn't open it, and I have to pass," he said.

Carlos Cocoy, left, says he will try to cross Rio Grande again. Returning to Guatemala, he says, is not an option.

On the US side of the border, we have seen overcrowded conditions in detention centers and large groups of migrants at bus stops after families were released from custody. But here, on the Mexican side, the place is very different. Stories like Cocoy's - and the confusion about which immigrant families are allowed to stay in the United States and which families are being deported - is becoming increasingly common.

While authorities allow unaccompanied minors to enter the United States to apply for asylum, and allow other families to be considered a dangerous cross, again, Biden officials say most adults and families are being evicted under the existing public health crisis.

Some of those sent to Mexico may try to cross again - one thing that could cause the number of immigrants caught at the border to rise.

A few yards from Cocoy, Samuel Antonio Sarmiento says he too is determined to go back across the border with his son and try again. He says repeated remarks by Biden officials that now is not the time for immigrants to the United States are unsatisfactory.

"I had to move because I was under attack. The problem is that he (President Joe Biden) does not know the situation you are in," Sarmiento said. "I'd rather die here than go back to Honduras."

Some of the exiles said that they were shocked and heartbroken

Some migrants told CNN they are being shaken and are still trying to plan their next steps. Many are angry that their trip to the United States has been cut short, they are worried because they have no place to stay in Mexico and they are confused because they thought things have changed since President Donald Trump left the White House.

"They treated us very badly (American border officials). They didn't even give us a chance to speak," said Ordelina de Leon Lopez. If he had the opportunity to present his case, de Leon says he would have told authorities that one of his daughters had been abducted in Guatemala and fled the country after facing threats.

"The police there never helped me and I am a single mother. I have three children to take care of," she adds. "I came here thinking they would support me. But we were surprised to find that, no, they still refused."

Some said they were confused as to why others were allowed to stay in the US

Honduran Bene Ayala says he, his wife and his 7-year-old son were arrested by Border Patrol police and returned to Mexico immediately. But others in the group he was traveling with were allowed to stay - apparently because their children were younger.

"It's not right. We see that five-year-olds can fall in love with their parents, and 7-year-olds can't. But seven-year-olds are still children," he said.

The US Customs and Border Protection Company says it is still operating under a public health directive, known as Title 42, which allows the removal of cross-border immigrants to avoid the spread of Covid-19. The organization says that immigrant parents who accompany their children are not exempt from these restrictions, regardless of their age.

Asked to clarify how the agency defines who is at risk and whether there is an age limit used in those decisions, a party spokesman said he could not provide that kind of information.

The deportees gathered under a border bridge, but were later ordered to leave by the authorities.

The deportees gathered under a border bridge, but were later ordered to leave by the authorities.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki admitted on Tuesday that more families were being deported to the United States.

"The big problem is that Mexico does not have the capacity to accept some of these families," he said. "These conditions are limited. When they arrive, they are assessed, classified as required. But they are not indicative or predicting policy changes."

Immigrant families allowed to enter the United States face uncertain travel. Their cases will go to an immigration court and the judge will eventually decide whether to stay.

For Ayala and other exiled families, the future is grim.

Like many immigrants CNN met at the border, Ayala says he left Honduras after two severe storms that devastated the region last year. And while they expected the trip to be easier, he says, they thought that once they crossed the Rio Grande, they would have a chance to stay.

"(Storm) Eta - and the plague - left us empty-handed," he said. "The situation is as bad as it was when the storm hit. There is no progress. People are unemployed. We want to go to work and help there."

For the exiled immigrants the future is unknown

Instead, Ayala and the other exiles were left wondering what to do. Mexican authorities have recently ordered them to leave the area near the border bridge and relocate a few blocks to the city park.

Teams gather in temporary camps. The shelters in the area are full of large numbers of immigrants who come and turn people.