Largest Group of Cubans to Date, More then 500, Cross the US Border

This Friday, 1,000 migrants turned themselves in to the Border Patrol in Eagle Pass (Texas). (@BillFOXLA)

14ymedio bigger14ymedio, Havana | No fewer than 535 Cubans crossed the Rio Grande at the same time this Thursday through the state of Piedras Negras, before turning themselves in to the Border Patrol in Eagle Pass, Texas. The natives of the Island were gathered in an area near the Lehmann ranch together with 74 other migrants from Nicaragua, 49 from Colombia, three from Ecuador, three from Mexico and 12 unaccompanied children.

While their data was being taken from the undocumented, Fox News journalist Bill Melugin reported on his social media that the group was made up of almost 700 migrants. “Border Patrol had taken several full buses by the time our team arrived on the scene,” he said.

This is the largest group that has been documented to arrive at Eagle Pass to date. The Maverick County sheriff, Tom Schmerber, acknowledged in an interview with the local outlet Zócalo, the migratory crisis the region is experiencing, and warned of the arrival of more migrants, who have been located on the Piedras Negras side waiting to cross the Rio Grande until night falls.

Hours later, the communicator reported two other groups that were being registered by the Border Patrol for processing. “Approximately 1,000 migrants have just crossed into the Eagle Pass area illegally,” he posted on his Twitter account.

The US official attributed the migratory avalanche to the coyote networks that operate in total “impunity” on the Mexican side of Piedras Negras and Acuña. “There are more than 100 smugglers who traffic and have protection from the police,” denounced Schmerber. When it is not possible to cross by the river, the human smugglers “hide the people in vans” and after crossing the border strip they leave the migrants to turn themselves in and continue their process. “If they get deported or detained, that’s not the smugglers’ problem anymore.”

Among the Border Patrol targets, the sheriff identified people from Michoacán and Zacatecas, whom he named by their aliases El SamuraiEl GalloEl Padre and El Cónsul, who have ranches and mansions in Piedras Negras. Migrants are taken to these sites and remain there until they cross over the Rio Grande.

José Quintana arrived in Acuña along with his sister Marisleydis on Sunday. These Cubans were detained on November 14 at a hotel in Mexico City and, despite having an amparo [a writ guaranteeing constitutional protection of rights], they were detained at the Las Agujas immigration station. After five days they were released. “We have family in Texas and they are looking at how to pass us over. I think it will be through the river, but people say it is dangerous,” Quintana told 14ymedio.

This native of Havana mentioned that the hotels are in collusion with coyotes and police. “If you don’t pay to go through, they will hand you over and threaten you with repatriation.” For this reason, some acquaintances recommended people who charge the migrants to stay in their homes until they manage to cross into the United States.

Not all migrants who manage to cross the border turn themselves in. The communicator Bill Melugin reported that 130,000 people escaped from the Border Patrol in the first 10 months of the year. In November there were “at least 73,000 people who evaded the control of the officers, which represents a daily average of at least 2,400 illegal immigrants.”

The exodus of Cubans to the US continues to show record numbers, with a record of 29,872 who entered illegally in October, a number that exceeds the 26,730 who entered in September, according to data from the US Customs and Border Protection Office. (CBP).

According to data from the US Department of Customs and Border Protection, 224,000 Cuban migrants have arrived in the last year.


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