Migrants from communist countries overwhelm border officials in Texas

Migrants fleeing “failing” communist regimes in Latin America overwhelm border patrol officers in south Texas, according to new federal data.

Migrants from Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua “are fueling a new wave of migration across the Western Hemisphere, including the recent surge in encounters at the southwestern US border,” US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus said this week. “[T]]-Hoses fleeing repressive regimes pose significant processing and removal challenges.”

More than 203,000 migrants were detained along the US-Mexico southern border in August, according to CBP statistics released earlier this week. Of those, 55,333 were from Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua — a 175 percent increase in migrants from those countries from a year earlier, CBP data shows.

Many are overwhelming border crossings near El Paso, Texas, where hundreds of Venezuelan migrants have been surrendering to border officials every day since early September.

“The El Paso sector has seen a significant increase in the number of migrants, particularly Venezuelan nationals, who have surrendered to border guards, especially near downtown, in recent weeks,” a CBP official told The Post.

A picture of migrants waiting to be transported in El Paso, Texas.
Migrants from “failing” communist Latin American countries are fleeing to south Texas, according to new federal data.
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“Since September 1, an average of over 618 Venezuelan nationals have been encountered in the El Paso sector per day. We also see migrants from other countries abandoning themselves in addition to the Venezuelan population, including migrants from Colombia, Nicaragua, Turkey and Ecuador.”

More than 6.8 million Venezuelans have left their country to flee an economic crisis that began in 2014 and worsened during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Many are also fleeing the repressive dictatorship of President Nicholas Maduro, who has ruled the country since 2013.


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“People continue to leave Venezuela to escape violence, insecurity and threats, as well as lack of food, medicine and basic services,” UNHCR said in a recent statement. “This has become the second largest external displacement crisis in the world. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated an already difficult situation and pushed Venezuelans even deeper into poverty.”

According to the CBP, “a significant number of Cuban and Venezuelan migrants” as well as “an increasing number of migrants fleeing Nicaragua” crossed the border at El Paso. “While nationals from these countries have unique circumstances, the CBP is executing its plan, decompressing the territory and safely and efficiently processing individuals for placement in an immigration process.”

As part of their “decompression” efforts, border patrol agents in El Paso, which has averaged more than 1,500 “encounters” with migrants per day, process some of the migrants and provisionally release them to the United States if they qualify for an immigration process

An image of an asylum-seeking migrant being fingerprinted at a makeshift processing center.

“The El Paso sector has seen a significant increase in the number of migrants, particularly Venezuelan nationals, in recent weeks…” a U.S. Customs and Border Protection official told the Post.


An image of a migrant father and his daughter waiting to board a bus to be transported.

More than 6.8 million Venezuelans have fled their country to flee an economic crisis that began in 2014 and worsened during the coronavirus pandemic.


Many of these migrants are brought to New York City by bus. As The Post reported last week, Mayor Eric Adams agreed to “welcome” those sent by his Democratic counterpart in El Paso — though he slammed Republican Gov. Greg Abbott for a similar resettlement program.

The deal – which envisages the city accepting up to 200 new arrivals a day – also came as Adams repeatedly blamed the ongoing influx of migrants for overwhelming the city’s housing system, which he said was “reaching its breaking point approaching”.

Earlier this year, UNHCR reported a sharp increase in the number of Nicaraguan migrants entering neighboring Costa Rica, fleeing political repression and economic hardship in their own country. There are reportedly more than 150,000 Nicaraguan refugees in the country, many of whom are en route to the United States.

An image of migrants waiting to board a bus to be transported.

More than 203,000 migrants were detained along the US-Mexico southern border in August, according to CBP statistics.


An image of migrants waiting to board a bus to be transported.

According to CBP, migrants from Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua have crossed the border at El Paso.


“During the civil wars in Central America in the 1980s, when Costa Rica was a haven for those fleeing violence, more Nicaraguans are currently seeking protection in Costa Rica than all refugees and asylum-seekers combined,” UNHCR spokesman Boris Cheshirkov said in a statement .

Along the US-Mexico border, migrant crossings for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 saw a record high of 2,150,244 migrant “encounters.”

https://nypost.com/2022/09/24/migrants-from-communist-countries-overwhelming-texas-border-agents/ Migrants from communist countries overwhelm border officials in Texas

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