Dozens of people passed by inflatable boats. When they set foot on the American road, they met border agents and went through a long process to ask for asylum.
Texas.-Soon after sunset, there were signs of life on an isolated river bank outside the border city of Rome in Texas. On the banks of the Mexican river in Rio de Janeiro, flashing lights appeared on the trees for a moment and then disappeared.
There was a sullen voice. Pump air into the inflatable boat, and when it hits the water, it will splash gently. The “coyote” smugglers who smuggled migrants across the border whistled and called to the American side of the river: “Who is there?”
Last week, a cavalry in Texas hit an inflatable boat with a knife as he approached the shore.
The little wolf is very nervous. The first migrants were ready to cross. As they drove from the trees to the river bank, they glanced at each other under the light of the smuggler’s lantern. There was a splash of oars on the boat, and the boat suddenly plunged into the rapids. A few minutes later, the coyote jumped from the boat into the water, reached his neck, and led him to some rocks on the American side where immigrants could embark and disembark.
On certain nights, the pastor of the local church waited to help the migrants disembark, catch the children, and then carefully place them on flat rocks that cannot fall into the water. On other nights, the disembarking migrants were surrounded by news photographers and TV crews.
Immigrant groups are different, although almost all are young families or unaccompanied male teenagers. There is no sound when you get out of the car the fastest, just a short text message to your family to let them know that you have done it. The plastic bracelet worn by the smuggler’s wrist was torn off to prove payment. Others knelt and prayed, thanking them for the safety of their journey. Then, they walked for nearly a mile along the winding road to the main road, where agents of the border patrol were waiting for them.
Most decided to surrender
In recent days, they have come from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and, in a few cases, Ecuador.
Several immigrants said that it takes about a month from leaving home to arriving in the United States.
Although the number of immigrants in the spring has increased every year, this year is the highest in at least 15 years: According to data from the US Customs and Border Services, the number of immigrants in March exceeded 172,000, including 18,700 unaccompanied children and teenagers. protection.
On most nights, Luis Silva, the pastor of the Mission Center of Bethel Mission Center, wore a pistol, took the migrants away, and escorted them to the Border Patrol. They set up a temporary processing area at an unknown location near the top of the mountain. . . The immigrants there surrendered. There are usually hundreds of people crossing the narrow river every night, and it takes a lot of time to deal with it all night.
Unaccompanied minors and single men are separated from their families. Single persons may be deported immediately; in most cases, unaccompanied minors will be allowed to live.
Crowds of immigrants fell to the ground, waiting for their turn to be dealt with. Children fall asleep and adults huddled together. Constant coughing may be a sign of covid-19. The border patrol officers wearing N95 masks spoke Spanish politely and authoritatively, and they distributed plastic bags to immigrants to hand over their valuables for safekeeping.
Given that the number of immigrants is expected to increase in the coming weeks, and the US immigration facilities are already full of capacity, these concerns seem to be a recent factor.