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And so it went this week, just as a cold front moved on in the early days of March, ushering in bright sunshine and new challenges for Romero and fellow agents.
Romero said “these coordinated” efforts to send migrants across are used by smugglers as distracting tactics to also smuggle across “something more nefarious, like drugs, or some big criminal leader. That’s what worries me.”
Migrants - People
The migrants themselves, “Those people don’t scare me,” he said.
Among the group detained Wednesday along the fence: an unaccompanied 2-year old child. Authorities were working with international groups to locate the parents.
Arrivals - Sex - Offenders - US - Citizen
Two of the new arrivals were sex offenders and one a U.S. citizen, a "self-proclaimed prison gang member" who was arrested by agents and turned over to U.S. Marshals.
Most of the migrants interviewed said they were from Guatemala. Some gave accounts consistent with previous reporting in Guatemala: Smugglers promised to get them to the U.S. border in record time. But they needed to make the journey now, because Trump is mercurial and may shut down the border any day, change immigration policy that allows them to seek asylum, or force people to stay in Mexico until called to apply for asylum under a tacit agreement with the administration of Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
Mexico - Thing - Migrants - Waiting - Example
Remaining in Mexico is the last thing migrants want to do: waiting, for example, in Ciudad Juarez across from El Paso -- a city where drug violence is once again exploding and the murder rate is on the rise. On Sunday, Juarez police commander Adrian Matsumoto Dorame was gunned down.
“Juarez is just as dangerous as Honduras,” said migrant **** Jozare Medrano, 25. She said said she was running away from gang violence in Honduras and headed for Virginia where relatives awaited her.
Migrants - Week
Some migrants said it took them anywhere from a week to...
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