A Cuban was found dead this Friday in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, after having tried to cross the Rio Grande towards the United States. Identified as Reynaldo Cruz Rodríguez, 33, the authorities found in his pockets an immigration permit granted by the Ministry of the Interior and the National Institute of Migration (INM) of Mexico.
Joel Silva, Mexico’s Civil Protection coordinator, explained to the local press that the fishermen notified the Police after discovering the body floating near the Riberas del Bravo baseball fields. Firefighters began search and rescue work for the man, who was already in a state of decomposition.
“It is expected that he is a migrant due to the characteristics of the body and what can be seen of his face,” Silva said before finding his identity documentation. The Mexican authorities handle the hypothesis that the Cuban drowned in an attempt to cross the river, since he did not show signs of violence or torture. “The body was transferred to the funeral home once the ministerial authorities attested to the facts,” reported RN News.
Hundreds of migrants from Latin America and from other origins try to reach Texas, in the United States, through the Riberas del Bravo crossing, located in Ciudad Juárez. There they are besieged by organized crime groups or perish trying to swim across the current. So far this year, Civil Protection has rescued nine bodies of migrants, Silvia said.
The Mexican authorities handle the hypothesis that the Cuban drowned in an attempt to cross the river, since he did not show signs of violence or torture.
The Mexican official called for an “alert to the population” not to trust that the level of the river has dropped during the summer. “It’s still a risk,” he added.
The United States began this Friday a stage of more rigorous immigration controls after the end of Title 42, a rule activated in 2020 supposedly to stop the spread of covid-19, which established the express expulsion of migrants. As of midnight this Saturday, Title 8 will apply, which contemplates that those who enter through “lawful” channels are not eligible for asylum.
Between October 2022 and March 2023 (so far in the US fiscal year), more than 1.54 million migrants were detained with irregular status, according to the United States Customs and Border Patrol Office (CBP). ). Of these, 135,090 are Cuban.
The number of Cubans at the border has shown a significant drop after the historical peaks recorded last year. In October 2022, 29,876 were arrested, a number that increased to 35,880 in November and 44,078 in December. In January, however, it fell to 11,892, while in February it was 6,547 and in March 6,817.
The withdrawal coincides with the entry into force of the parole humanitarian, implemented by the Government of Joe Biden since last January for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans.
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