At night, migrants take advantage of the lower temperatures and cross the Rio Grande.
Carlos Hernández reveals that “you are an object of extortion from the moment you leave your country, in Mexico they rob you.” Something that Anthony Marieta reaffirms: “the jungle is dangerous, anyone who falls asleep on those trains can fall.”
An estimated 19,000 people have crossed the border since last Monday, Maverick County Judge Ramsey English Cantu said Wednesday.
“Well this is illegal, first they have to defend that case and then appear in court,” explains Maverick judge, Ramsey English Cantu.
A family with two small children, including a baby in arms, faced the high temperatures and river currents like others. “That baby in red almost died, the water was very strong,” they say.
After sunset came stormy winds and rain that left the riverside roads full of mud.
At night the number of migrants trying to cross the border increases, inclement weather and the presence of the border patrol mean that there are fewer people during the day, but they still number in the thousands.
With Mexico’s agreement to deport Venezuelans, Nicaraguans and Cubans to their countries of origin, these nationals are desperate to reach the United States.
After a group enters, in the distance, another group is seen joining together and the guards warn them from American soil: “The current is very strong, do not risk crossing.”
But the people continue and on the other side, the children cry, but the parents look relieved. This is the daily drama at the border, where the barbed wire is cut to let migrants in.
Finally they enter and now the uncertain immigration process begins, a recently released Venezuelan showed us the document they gave him, which says that he was not legally admitted nor was he given parole. He has to appear before a deportation officer, but he doesn’t give up hope.