Venezuelans subsist on the sale of food on the US-Mexico border.

Migrants in northern Mexico, mostly of Venezuelan origin, subsist on the food sale to other undocumented immigrants while they wait in line to cross the border into the United States and the upcoming end of Title 42.

On the edge of the Rio Grande, on the natural border between Mexico and the United States, there is a kilometric line of migrantscoming from a recent caravan that arrived in the Mexican Ciudad Juárez, on the border with El Paso, Texas.

"As they queue to enter, the US authorities keep them there day and night. We give them their coffee and blankets for the time they are thereso that they are hot"Miguel Ángel, one of the migrants who sells food, told EFE.

The foreigners seek to survive while the December 21, when the court-ordered deadline for the United States to remove Title 42 expiresa rule from the time of then-President Donald Trump (2017-2021) for the immediate deportation of undocumented immigrants on the grounds of the pandemic.

"We are waiting in the name of God, from the 21st of this month they are going to approve another article, we hope they open the door for us. We sell them pizza and help each other"added Michelangelo.

VENEZUELAN DRAMA

The situation reflects the drama that Venezuelans are experiencing in Mexico since the United States announced on October 12 humanitarian permits for Venezuelan citizens who arrive by air and who have a in-country sponsorbut at the same time it expanded Title 42 to deport those who arrive by land.

One of the returned Venezuelans is Miguel Maltica, who is now looking for a new opportunity to cross in Juárez.

"I went through Piedras Negras and the United States authorities returned me. When one crosses, the dreams that you say you are going to achieve are not achieved. In my case, I am aware of the situation, I am going to wait until December 21, I will look for a way to cross"he expressed to EFE.

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The region is experiencing a freezing climate, which has even reached the freezing point, temperatures to which migrants are not accustomed.

Since their arrival last weekend, they have made bonfires to mitigate the coldbut recently it has rained and, with it, the river bed that has frozen water has grown.

Those who sell food cross the riverbed without shoes. The water reaches their knees in some cases.

They offer pizzas from 250 pesos to 500 pesos (12.5 dollars to 25 dollars) and coffees.

Other migrants, mostly of Nicaraguan origin, are in a waiting line after being kidnapped in the northern Mexican state of Durango, where a National Guard operative freed them and transferred them to this point.

INCESSABLE MIGRATION FLOW

US authorities are preparing for an increase in crossings as December 21 approaches, the date the Joe Biden administration is due to end Title 42.

Since the Trump administration resorted to the rule, more than 2.7 million expulsions have been carried out in application of Title 42.

In response, the US Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, authorized last Tuesday the Office of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to initiate activities aimed at “meet the needs for life, safety, environment and repair” in barrier construction projects along the border with Mexico.

The projects to which he refers are located in the sectors of San Diego (California), Yuma (Arizona) and El Paso (Texas).

The region is experiencing a record migratory flow to the United States, whose Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office detained an unprecedented number of more than 2.76 million undocumented immigrants in fiscal year 2022, a figure that includes substantial increases in the captures of Cubans and Venezuelans.

 

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