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Venezuelan immigrants removed under the new Biden movement feel betrayed by Mexico and the US

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Venezuelan immigrants deported under a new policy the Biden administration introduced last week say they feel betrayed by both the United States and Mexico after being sent to Mexico and given 15 days to obtain a visa or leave. country.

The Biden administration recently announced a new, combined border operation with Mexico that includes expanding the removals under Title 42 public health order to include Venezuelans, whose numbers have skyrocketed in recent months. The order allows for the rapid removal of migrants at the southern border due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Biden administration has tried to end the scheme, but in this case it is expanding its use.

Cooperation between the two countries means Mexico will accept Venezuelan citizens for the first time under Title 42. From there, the migrants are now placed on buses by the Mexican authorities and taken by bus away from the border into the interior of Mexico.

In Mexico City, where hundreds of people gather at an immigration office, immigrants speaking to Fox said they felt cheated on both sides of the border and were unsure of what to do next. Immigrants were given 15 days to obtain a visa or leave the country entirely.

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“They lied to us, it was all lies,” Elianny Navazs, an immigrant, told Fox News. “They said they were going to take us to a bunker, but they dropped us behind a bus stop in the middle of the street at 4am.”

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Luis Raul Conde: “I agree with what President Biden did, but I was already in the US and was taken to a cell.” Said. “They didn’t treat us well. And according to President Biden, when I’m allowed to go to the US it will be, I’ll vote for him, I want him to let us stay and be productive citizens and pay my taxes.” “

Most Venezuelan immigrants do not want visas in Mexico because officials think that if they find out they have status in Mexico, it will hurt their chances of seeking asylum in the United States.

Despite the newly increased use of Headline 42, illegal crossings don’t appear to be slowing down, as the Fox News border team saw more than 500 immigrants crossing Eagle Pass, Texas, before sunrise Wednesday, including a group of nearly 300 immigrants. The group consisted mainly of single adults.

There were nearly 10,000 illegal crossings in the Del Rio area in the last week alone. In August, there were more than 200,000 migrant encounters across the border. September figures have not been released yet.

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Meanwhile, there was more 25 thousand encounters of Venezuelan immigrants In August from just 4,000 in April. This is a dramatic increase from August last year when there were more than 6,000 migrant encounters from Venezuela. It is this increase in numbers from the authoritarian regime that prompted the Biden administration to take action.

The new move to expand Title 42 to include Venezuelans was accompanied by the announcement of a new parole program that provided a legal route for up to 24,000 Venezuelans to enter the United States by air.

The program requires Venezuelans to have a supporter in the United States to provide financial and other support, pass biometric and other security screenings, and complete public health requirements that include vaccines. This is similar to a program announced earlier in the year. eligible Ukrainians.

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Citizens will not be eligible for the program if they have been previously deported, have illegally crossed into the United States or Mexico after Tuesday, or have residency or refugee status in a country other than Venezuela. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said the program would be halted if Mexico stopped accepting Venezuelan extraditions.

“These actions make it clear that there is a legal and orderly way for Venezuelans to enter the United States, and that legal entry is the only way.” homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Majorkas said in a statement. “Anyone attempting to illegally cross the southern border of the United States will be extradited to Mexico and will not be able to benefit from this process in the future to work here.”

But despite the parole program, the expansion of Title 42 has upset immigration activists and some Democrats who have accused the Biden administration of expanding a Trump-era program they say has denied people their right to seek asylum in the United States.

Senator Bob Menendez, DN.J., praised the administration’s legal path, but hit the administration hard for expanding Title 42—a move he described as “inexcusable.”

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“Expanding Title 42 to now include Venezuelans adds salt to an open wound, while further eroding our asylum system that President Biden promised to restore.”

Republicans, meanwhile, criticized the announcement, calling the move “a cynical and inadequate attempt to ‘handle’ the unprecedented crisis on the southwestern border that this administration has lost complete control of,” said John Katko, Ordinary Member of the House Homeland Security Committee.

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