migrants Venezuelans stranded on the northern border of Mexicoin Ciudad Juárez, have found a way to earn a living in the trade of barbers after a month of the new US policy to control migration from Venezuela.
Every day, in some rustic chairs, they serve their clients, who are their own compatriots or even from Juarez who join to support the migrant community.
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Faced with the refugee crisis in the north of MexicoHundreds of Venezuelans live on the sides of the Rio Grande, in tents that they have conditioned to mitigate the freezing weather.
Some members of that community are barberswhich a few meters from the dividing line of Mexico Y USA They have conditioned spaces to work.
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One of these cases is that of the Venezuelan Adrian Cazares23 years old and from maracaibofrom where he undertook an overland trip to the United States that was interrupted by the restrictions that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on October 12.
“I have been here for a few weeks with my cousin, the road was very hard. I worked selling juices (juices) on a cruise and raised the necessary money for hair clippers ”, counted.
From 8 in the morning she starts with her homework, and despite everything she hopes to fulfill her dream to help her parents financially, who stayed in Venezuela.
“The situation there is difficult, there is no money and for me barbershop is an art”, he concluded.
THE INGENUITY OF THE VENEZUELANS
The panorama reflects what has happened since last October 12 USA He announced 24,000 humanitarian visas for Venezuelans arriving by plane and who have a sponsor, but at the same time he ordered the immediate expulsion of those who arrive through the border with Mexico.
Since then, Venezuelans like José Miguel Ceballos, 32, have had to figure out a way to make a living.
“Here we set up a space to work and generate income. Each one buys his machine, which is his work tool ”he narrated while cutting the hair of one of his fellow citizens on a simple wooden bench and with a cloth that covers his chest.
Like most migrants, he wants to cross to improve his economic conditions. In his case, he is accompanied by his father and sister.
“Here we are working and showing that we seek to earn our bread honestly and my thought is to cross and ask for asylum. The time we are here depends on our health, the climatic and physical situation”, abounded.
They, like thousands of Venezuelans, They crossed more than seven countries to reach the United States and achieve a better quality of life.
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 80% of the migrants who cross through the Darién jungle, on Panama’s natural border with Colombia, are from Venezuela.
A RECORD FLOW
The region is experiencing a record migratory flow to the United States, whose Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office detained an unprecedented number of more than 2.76 million undocumented immigrants in fiscal year 2022, a figure that includes substantial increases in the captures of Cubans and Venezuelans.
Also, Mexico received a record of more than 58,000 refugee applications in the first half of 2022, an annual increase of almost 15% and with Venezuelans representing close to 10% of the total, according to the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance (Comar).
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