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Migrants Face Mounting Obstacles on Journey to U.S. Border Amid Increased Operations

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María Alejandra Trujillo
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Migrants Face Mounting Obstacles on Journey to U.S. Border Amid Increased Operations

The northern border of Mexico is now receiving migrants who embarked on the largest caravan of the year from the southern border weeks ago. However, they are encountering increased obstacles due to heightened operations and barriers from both Mexican and U.S. authorities.

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International media images captured a group of 30 migrants in Ciudad Juárez crossing a high-speed avenue, jumping over the banks of the Rio Bravo (Rio Grande in the U.S.), and running to evade detention by Mexico's National Institute of Migration (INM), preventing them from entering U.S. territory. Some carried their children on their shoulders, while others held their hands in a 200-meter dash, just before reaching the United States.

The Struggle for the 'American Dream'

Upon reaching the border wall separating Juárez and El Paso, they were greeted by U.S. immigration agents ready to process their entry. Among the crowd is Luis Antonio Cruz, a Guatemalan migrant who is resolute in his quest for the 'American Dream,' even in the face of mounting debt and the risks involved, including payments to mafias. This migration trend is part of an unprecedented wave that has seen a more than 60% increase in 2023.

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Local Activists and Business Owners Speak Out

Activists and local business owners have pointed out the authorities' inability to manage the large influx of migrants, as well as a lack of infrastructure and resources to accommodate them. This issue becomes even more pressing as winter approaches, bringing harsh weather conditions that could further endanger these vulnerable individuals. They are calling for a more effective and organized immigration policy between Mexico and the United States.

Thor Salayandía Lara, the National Vice President of Maquiladora and Border Areas at the National Chamber of the Transformation Industry (Canacintra), pointed out that this situation is prevalent along the entire border and will worsen after the winter storms that began last Wednesday. He expressed concern that cities like Juárez are ill-equipped to handle such an influx of people, especially with the harsh winter approaching.

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Texas Gov Greg Abbott's Stand

Meanwhile, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has been running a high-profile campaign to send migrants to cities like Los Angeles and New York. His proposed strategy includes granting Texas police broader powers over border enforcement. Congressional leaders are also working to pass urgently needed aid for Ukraine and Israel by the year's end, a move that will require border policy changes to garner GOP support.

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