Migrants Engage In Violent Clash With Mexican Authorities While Waiting To Cross Border

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Asylum-seeking migrants cross the Rio Bravo river in Ciudad Juarez

Jennie Taer on November 28, 2022

Migrants in Mexico hoping to illegally cross the border into the U.S. retaliated against Mexican authorities who disbanded their tent encampment Sunday, according to multiple reports.

The migrants, who are from Venezuela, have been awaiting the end of Title 42, the Trump-era policy used to expel certain illegal migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Police with riot gear and migrants fought over the closure of the camp, where tents were burned in protest, according to the El Paso Times.

The clash resulted in the injury of a Juarez police officer, who was hit with a rock, according to KTSM 9 News. The migrants, who are from Venezuela, have been awaiting the end of Title 42, the Trump-era policy used to expel certain illegal migrants.

Mexican authorities disbanded the tent encampment along the Rio Grande river due to increasing cases of hypothermia and pneumonia, according to KTSM 9 News. The city of Juarez said they would transport the migrants to nearby shelters, according to the El Paso Times.

The Biden administration began expelling Venezuelans under the public health order in October. However, a federal judge ruled on Nov. 15 that the entire policy must end on Dec. 21.

Mexican authorities used brutal force sunday morning to take down “little Venezuela” camp on banks of Rio Grande between ElPaso and #Juarez . Video via ⁦@luistorreslutor#venezuela . Follow coverage on ⁦@dallasnews⁩ watch: pic.twitter.com/ffbtmpnvob

— Alfredo Corchado (@ajcorchado) November 27, 2022

“I’ve only been here for three days,” Roxana Cruz, a migrant from Venezuela, said, according to KTSM 9 News. “Yesterday, I bought a tent so we would all be OK, especially my children, but look what happened.”

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Nearly 500 migrants chose to abandon the encampment for nearby areas where they could still await Title 42’s end, according to KTSM 9 News.

“It does get very cold, my daughter’s lips would turn purple. We had never dealt with such cold weather like we did here. It’s horrible, but I will say something to the president to the United States. I advise him to be aware because we’re parents and we have gone through a lot for our children. We have been through a lot just to get here and they to do this to us,” Cruz added.

“There are places to wait and take shelter and the intention of the Municipal Government and the other authorities is to avoid a tragedy and protect them, so we will continue to urge them to stay safe,” Hector Rafael Ortiz Opinel, a Juárez city management official, said, according to the El Paso Times.

U.S. federal border authorities have seen an uptick in illegal migration at the southern border in the last year, with a record of more than 2.3 million migrant encounters. El Paso has quickly become a hub for many of those migrants and the attention was on the area Tuesday when a Republican Congressional delegation traveled down for a tour and threatened U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas with impeachment if he chooses not to resign.

DHS didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Migrants Engage In Violent Clash With Mexican Authorities While Waiting To Cross Border

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