ABC13 anchor Art and Jacob Rascon travel to Mexico to see record number of migrants cross US-Mexico border

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The American dream remains as elusive as ever for migrants trying to cross the southern border in record numbers and facing unprecedented obstacles. ABC13 anchor Art and Jacob Rascon traveled to Mexico to witness the crisis for themselves.

Last fiscal year, the Border Patrol reported 1,659,206 clashes at the U.S.-Mexico border, more than four times the previous year and the highest annual total ever recorded. Most of these migrants were deported under COVID-related restrictions that began under former President Donald Trump and continued under the administration of President Joe Biden.

Additionally, in recent weeks, the Biden administration has, by court order, reinstated the Stay in Mexico policy that began under the Trump administration, forcing migrants seeking asylum to wait in Mexico instead of the US. to adjudicate their immigration cases. The Biden administration also expanded the policy to include all of Central America and the Caribbean.

“It took us six months to get here,” Pierre’s family told Rascons at the Bridge of the Americas at the US-Mexico border in Juarez.

Pierres said they left Haiti after relatives in the US promised them they would be able to apply for asylum and wait in Texas. It used to be possible, but John, Marie and their toddler Luis refused.

More than 20 migrant shelters in Juarez, which are usually less crowded in the winter, have been filled after a record year of migration that hasn’t slowed.

“We are trying to increase our capacity,” said shelter director Buen Pastor. “They just kept coming.”

Many of them go to Houston, a top destination city for immigrants.

“My two sons and my daughter are in Houston,” said Helen Casares, who left Honduras a few months ago. “We expect the border to open up.”

“The traffickers told them the border was open and they could come,” said Luis Talango, a police commander in the city of Juarez.

Talango said more migrants than ever needed to be rescued. His police force is regularly called in to guard homes overrun by migrants and run by gangs.

“The gangs abuse migrants,” Talango said.

Traffickers demand thousands of dollars per migrant to help them cross, and record numbers of migrants mean more money for the gangs.

“It was a mess,” Talango said.

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