Venezuelans who enter the US irregularly will be expelled to Mexico

▲ A Venezuelan family surrendered to the Border Patrol, along with other migrants, after crossing the US-Mexico border in the town of Del Río, Texas.Photo App

Arturo Sánchez Jiménez and agencies

Newspaper La Jornada
Thursday, October 13, 2022, p. 18

In agreement with Mexico, the United States government announced yesterday that from now on it will expel to national territory Venezuelans who try to reach US soil irregularly.

Under a border plan announced by the Joe Biden administration to address a sharp increase in the number of Venezuelans arriving at the southern border of the United States after a dangerous journey by land, the US government will allow 24,000 migrants from that country access to its territory by air.

Meanwhile, as part of the agreement, Mexico will allow some Venezuelans to temporarily enter its territory through the northern border for humanitarian reasons, under Title 42, a Trump-era pandemic rule that allows US border agents to send migrants to Mexican territory.

According to information released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Effective immediately, Venezuelans who enter the United States without authorization will be returned to Mexico.. He adds that he hopes that this country maintain your independent but parallel effort to accept the return of Venezuelans who attempt to enter irregularly.

In September, Venezuela ranked fourth among the nations requesting refuge on Mexican soil, with a total of 8,665 requests. The population of that South American nation has recently become the second with the highest number of arrests on the southern border of the United States, only behind the Mexicans. In August, 25,349 Venezuelans were apprehended, an increase of 43 percent compared to the 17,652 in July and four times more than the 6,301 in August 2021.

Mexico, under pressure from the Biden government, announced restrictions on air travel in January to limit the migration of Venezuelans to the United States, but many of them chose to make the journey by land through the dangerous Darien jungle in Panama.

The Secretaries of Foreign Affairs and the Interior reported in a statement that Venezuelans who are in Mexican territory must prove their entry into the country before October 12, 2022 in order to be able to request their access to the United States in an orderly manner.

To be selected and obtain work permits, they must prove that a family member or an organization supports their request to enter the United States, where they must arrive by plane.

In a related announcement, DHS will offer nearly 65,000 temporary work visas for industries that require less-skilled staff, roughly double the current annual allocation. Of these, 20,000 are intended for applicants from Central America and Haiti, according to the Mexican Foreign Ministry.

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