It happened again this month when 80 men, women and children, who fled from a Texas migrant crackdown, crossed into Mexico, known as Ciudad Juarez, at the edge of El Chaparral park. They again encountered two armed police officers who asked them to go back into Mexico, in front of scores of onlookers.
They turned the police away and found themselves far from justice. One of the migrants said by text message that the police were there to pick them up for police questioning and deportation back to the U.S. in another busy smuggling corridor known as the Rio Grande.
But for many of those who fled Texas’ border crackdown in South Texas, desperate to get away from the U.S. border and headed for possible permanent exile in Mexico, the turning point has already come, six months after the Mujica administration escalated the focus of border enforcement on organized crime gangs—cartels like La Familia that took advantage of lax border enforcement under the last administration.
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One man said by text message that the police were there to pick them up for police questioning and deportation back to the U.S.
The largest mass arrival of migrants in years was recorded in June in Mujica’s administration. Then, more than 3,000 men, women and children escaped the crackdown. The surge came after the slow death of the well-known immigrant smuggling services in South Texas, like Super Girls. But this smuggling service was still in business when Texas braced for another big surge, as seen in this video clip from 2/1/17.
What it comes down to is fear. Fear of deportation back to countries like El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, where “La Familia” gangs allegedly commit genocide and mass murder, have forced tens of thousands of people to flee the homes and communities they’d lived in for years. They’re facing new horrors by crossing into Texas, where small band of government and police officials is carrying out round-ups of migrant families.
“We cannot accept that others, like those taken into custody by state and local law enforcement agencies, are being offered reprieves by the Mexican government, while we are forced to endure these same detention and deportation procedures,” said Mark Rosenbaum, Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Prison Project.
The United States could help keep a lid on this wave of migration, it would simply apply the same standards for treatment of migrants as President Obama applied to migrants stopped by the Border Patrol on the U.S. side of the border.
But Obama did not. And these migrants are not going to stop. And as they return to south Texas’ most porous border, they see more strong signs that the Mexican government, despite comments in an interview with Fox News Latino, is bent on making life harder for people fleeing gang violence.
John Olvera wrote for Fox News Latino. His article was the third published in a set written on behalf of the Southern Border Communities Coalition.
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