According to El Paso Times, Venezuelan migrants who fled the United States for Mexico have been reported to be camping at the border in wait for an opportunity to return.
The Biden administration announced earlier this month a deal with Mexico to repatriate Venezuelan border crossers. Since October 12, 1,800 migrants have been expelled.
Numerous ex-migrants are now gathered at the Juarez border, building a huge camp in the hope that they will be able to cross again and enter the United States.
The El Paso Times was told by some migrants who set up tents at the border that they had never crossed into the United States before but are hoping to do so soon.
Gilfred Jimenez (a 21-year-old migrant) said that they are still waiting for an answer. “We all wait for the opportunity to cross. My family crossed the bridge and turned themselves in. They were then returned to Mexico.
Jesus Alberto Gomez Meneses was a migrant that entered the U.S. via El Paso earlier this month. He told the news outlet that his return to Mexico was swift.
Meneses stated that “They returned not only me but the entire group of Venezuelans.” “Whoever crosses at night will be returned by all Venezuelans in the morning.”
Customs and Border Protection reports that 189,000 Venezuelan migrants encountered each other in the 2022 fiscal year.
According to the New York Post, migrants in Juarez use old furniture and blankets as shelters. One banner read, “Joe Biden. Venezuela needs you.”
Expelled migrants from the United States were issued a 180-day visa by the Mexican government. Arturo Rocha (Mexico’s secretary for North American Affairs) met recently with U.N. personnel at Juarez and Border Patrol leaders in El Paso in order to evaluate the “implementation” of the humanitarian plan for Venezuelans in Mexico.
Aid workers claim that Juarez’s shelters have become too crowded. Juarez Mayor Cruz Perez Cuellar said that the shelters in Juarez have become overcrowded to accommodate the new arrivals.
Cuellar stated that he is pressing the Mexican government for work authorization for the migrants to fill the job vacancies in the capital.
Cueller said Wednesday that the problem is serious and that he was in contact with federal authorities. “Because Juarez has a lot to do. We have more workers than jobs.”