What happens to Venezuelan migrants at the Mexican border?
On Oct. 12, some were deported. Several complaints were reported, as some couples and families who crossed the border were separated.
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On Oct. 12, the Biden administration announced that it would take in 24,000 Venezuelans who arrived legally in the country. But also announced the expulsion of others who entered illegally.
The measure was taken based on the provisions of Title 42, an executive order established at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during the administration of President Donald Trump.
"I am alone in a country where I have no one to help me (...) He was my only companion, my only help, my only support," said Angélica Ramírez from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, warning that she does not know how she will be able to return to Venezuela. She and her partner took two months to arrive in El Paso, Texas on Monday, where they were separated on Thursday.
Luis Cazorla, who arrived with his wife on the same Monday, told the same story.
"They separated us so unjustly," he said, indicating that he later found out that she was deported to Mexico. There are other cases of mothers and children like this one and so far the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has not issued a statement.
The DHS had announced that "effective immediately, Venezuelans entering the United States between ports of entry without authorization will be returned to Mexico." Until Oct. 12, there were humanitarian reasons argued by Venezuelans, which facilitated their entry into the United States and allowed them to apply for asylum.
Those who have someone in the U.S. offering "financial and other support" can enter.
An estimated 200 Venezuelans were expelled to Ciudad Juarez on Thursday, according to the Jesuit Refugee Service, a human rights organization. The day before, 300 people were officially reported expelled along the border with Mexico.
Among the difficulties they face, one is the validity of the Venezuelan passport.
"The Venezuelan passport is practically a relic for everyone here. It is very difficult to find one, and those who have it already have it expired because they even charge to take your fingerprints, to take your photograph," said one of the migrants seeking to enter the United States.