Migrants fleeing “failing” Communist regimes in Latin America are overwhelming Border Patrol agents in southern Texas, in response to new federal information.
Migrants from Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua “are driving a brand new wave of migration throughout the Western Hemisphere, together with the current improve in encounters on the southwest U.S. border,” stated U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus this week. “[T]]hose fleeing repressive regimes pose vital challenges for processing and elimination.”
More than 203,000 migrants had been stopped alongside the size of the US southern border with Mexico in August, in response to CBP statistics launched earlier this week. Of that quantity, 55,333 had been from Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua — a 175% surge in migrants from these countries in comparison with the earlier yr, CBP information reveals.
Many are overwhelming border crossings close to El Paso, Texas, the place a whole bunch of migrants from Venezuela have been giving themselves as much as border agents daily for the reason that starting of September.
“El Paso Sector has seen a major improve within the variety of migrants throughout current weeks, particularly Venezuelan nationals, giving themselves as much as Border Patrol Agents primarily close to the downtown space,” a CBP officer instructed The Post.
“Since Sept. 1, El Paso Sector has encountered a mean of over 618 Venezuelan Nationals per day. We are additionally seeing migrants from different countries giving themselves up along with the Venezuelan populations, to incorporate migrants from Colombia, Nicaragua, Turkey, and Ecuador.”
More than 6.8 million Venezuelans have left their nation to flee an financial disaster that started in 2014 and worsened in the course of the coronavirus pandemic, in response to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Many are additionally fleeing the repressive dictatorship of president Nicholas Maduro, who has dominated the nation since 2013.
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“People proceed to depart Venezuela to flee violence, insecurity, and threats in addition to lack of meals, medication, and important providers,” stated the UNHCR in a current assertion. “This has turn out to be the second-largest exterior displacement disaster on this planet. The COVID-19 pandemic compounded an already troublesome state of affairs forcing Venezuelans deeper into poverty.”
According to CBP, “a major variety of Cuban and Venezuelan migrants” in addition to “an elevated variety of migrants fleeing Nicaragua” have crossed the border at El Paso. “While nationals from these countries current distinctive circumstances, CBP is executing its plan, decompressing the realm and safely and effectively processing the people in order that they’re positioned in immigration enforcement proceedings.”
As a part of their “decompression” efforts, Border Patrol agents at El Paso, which has averaged greater than 1,500 migrant “encounters” per day, are processing and provisionally releasing a few of the migrants into the US if they’re eligible for immigration proceedings
Many of these migrants are bused to New York City. As The Post reported final week, Mayor Eric Adams agreed to “welcome” these despatched by his Democratic counterpart in El Paso — regardless of harshly denouncing Republican Gov. Greg Abbott over the same relocation program.
The deal — which sees town embrace as many as 200 new arrivals a day — additionally got here as Adams repeatedly blamed the continued inflow of migrants for overwhelming town’s shelter system, which he stated was “nearing its breaking level.”
Earlier this yr, the UNHCR reported a major rise within the numbers of Nicaraguan migrants crossing into neighboring Costa Rica, fleeing political repression and financial hardships in their very own nation. There are greater than 150,000 Nicaraguan refugees within the nation, with many on their solution to the US, in response to experiences.
“More Nicaraguans are at the moment looking for safety in Costa Rica than all of the refugees and asylum seekers mixed, throughout Central America’s civil wars within the Nineteen Eighties, when Costa Rica was a sanctuary for these fleeing violence,” stated UNHCR spokesman Boris Cheshirkov in a statement.
Along the US/Mexico border, migrant crossings noticed a report excessive this fiscal yr, which ends Sept. 30, with 2,150,244 migrant “encounters.”