"To put myself in that situation is devastating": Immigrant reacts to border clash

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A Yonkers woman whose family immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico says she can't imagine how terrifying it must be for hundreds of migrants who faced tear gas at the U.S.-Mexico border this weekend.

"I'm a mother and to put myself in that situation is devastating because you're asking for help," says Zafiro Acevedo.

Acevedo says her family migrated the U.S. legally when she was 6 years old after her grandparents were killed.

"My grandparents were killed, literally in the streets, because we tried to protect the people, the native people of our land," Acevedo says.

Acevedo says many people are just trying to survive and not live in fear every waking moment. She also says the Mexican government is oftentimes corrupt and isn't doing what's best for the people.

Acevedo tells News 12 Westchester that many have found their second chance in the U.S. and in the diverse community of Yonkers. She says while it is no easy task, if President Donald Trump could speak with the leaders of Central American countries to better understand why people are fleeing then the border could possibly be peaceful and organized.

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