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Affluent South Americans flying to Mexico to enter US illegally: report

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​Affluent residents of South American international locations struggling financial woes are jetting to Mexico and mixing in with the crowds of poor migrants crossing into the US illegally, in accordance to a report. 

The financial circumstances in international locations like Brazil and Venezuela are forcing some middle-class residents to fly to the border and be part of different migrants fleeing poverty and crime to search asylum within the US, the Wall Street Journal reported

The US authorities doesn’t observe the monetary standing of migrants, however Chris T. Clem, the chief Border Patrol agent in Yuma, Ariz., informed the Journal that federal officers are encountering individuals who flew to a Mexican border metropolis virtually every single day. 

“They got off the plane and went to a cab or to a bus,” Clem mentioned ​of the well-heeled unlawful immigrants. “They literally were driven up and just walked up and turned themselves over to us.”​

The ravages of the pandemic and the havoc it wreaked on the economies of many international locations are ​spurring some well-to-do folks to search refuge within the US who wouldn’t have made the trek earlier than.

“The global recession really made people lose hope,” ​Andrew Selee, president of the ​nonprofit ​Migration Policy Institute, ​informed the Journal. “It’s a big deal to go from being middle class in your country to be undocumented in the United States.”

Migrants, many from Haiti, are seen wading between the U.S. and Mexico on the Rio Grande, in Del Rio, Texas.
The pandemic hit economies in South America and the Caribbean particularly arduous.
AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File

​While financial development in South America and the Caribbean has rebounded barely since 2020, the ​restoration has been slower than in different markets and the persevering with coronavirus disaster threatens to hinder new good points, the International Monetary Fund mentioned. 

More than 26 million jobs had been misplaced within the area due to the pandemic, the IMF report mentioned.

​It additionally mentioned per-capita earnings won’t catch up to its pre-pandemic ranges till 2024.

Like different migrants looking for asylum within the US, these from South America are despatched to shelters after which to their remaining locations whereas they anticipate the immigration course of to play out within the courts.

But not like their poorer counterparts from Central America and Haiti, the middle-class unlawful immigrants depart the shelters quickly after arriving. 

Recently, the report mentioned, a few dozen folks from Venezuela — a mixture of adults and youngsters — walked up to the border in Yuma after crossing the Colorado River. 

They mentioned they’d taken three flights and a bus to get to the Mexican border metropolis of Algodones earlier than strolling by means of a spot within the border fence into the US. 

Members of Mexico's Migration Institute patrol the area of the Rio Grande that separates the cities of Del Rio, Texas, and Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021.
South American migrants usually are not in a position to fly into an American airport and search asylum.
AP Photo/Fernando Llano

They mentioned they traveled two days to get there — a stark distinction to the months different unlawful immigrants from Haiti or Central America tackle their journeys. 

Plenty of Brazilian unlawful immigrants had been launched the following day to a welcome heart in Tucson. 

“We were informed by others about the process they took,” Silvana Ribiero de Santos, a 33-year-old mom,​ informed the Journal about her household’s determination to fly to Mexico. “In my country it is very bad. [People] don’t have anything.”​

South American migrants can’t fly into an American airport and search asylum as a result of they’re normally required to have a legitimate American visa to board a US-bound flight. ​​

Visas are solely being issued in Brazil in emergency instances and US diplomatic workplaces in Venezuela are closed. ​​

Mexico doesn’t require visas for vacationers from Brazil or Venezuela.​

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