Congressman says migrant woman tear-gassed with kids in viral photo applies for asylum

The Honduran woman photographed last month pulling her diaper-clad children from tear gas along the U.S.-Mexico border has applied for asylum in the U.S., Rep. Jimmy Gomez announced on Twitter early Tuesday. 

“After 7hrs, I can now confirm: Maria Meza & her kids — featured in this @Reuters image fleeing tear gas at the border last month — just filed for asylum,” the California Democrat said on Twitter. “They’re on American soil. @RepBarragan & I are still here observing conditions on the ground.”

Reuters photographer Kim Kyung-Hoon captured the iconic image of Maria Lila Meza Castro, 39, on Nov. 25 when U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents fired tear gas into a group of migrants near the San Ysidro Port of Entry in Tijuana. 

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