Photos: Haitian says goodbye to his children and sends them alone to the US

Hérika Martínez Prado
The Juarez Journal

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 | 07:35

Juarez City- Faced with the closure of the United States border for migrants and the daily expulsion of dozens of them to Ciudad Juárez, on Sunday night a man from Haiti was forced to send his children alone to the neighboring country, to request political asylum. .

The father came to the edge of the Rio Grande with the two minors of approximately nine and 14 years of age, took off their tennis shoes and threw them to the other side of the water, so that they would not get wet, then said goodbye to them in Creole and told them to cross.

The man, who said he was originally from Haiti, observed from the Mexican side how the minors advanced in the middle of the darkness, among the water that reached below their knees, and with a broken voice he could only say that they were his children, to then run off towards Bernardo Norzagaray Boulevard.

The crossing of minors alone through Ciudad Juárez has become more visible in recent weeks. According to official figures from the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in February there were 1,949 unaccompanied minors apprehended in the sector that encompasses the border with Chihuahua, representing a increase of 426.47 percent compared to the 457 minors without the company of their parents registered during February 2020.

A few days ago, from the other side of the Rio Grande, a minor who appeared to be no more than nine years old began to run as fast as possible until she stopped to rest near the Border Patrol, whose agent discovered that the girl was alone in USA.

During the last month, an average of 70 migrant children and adolescents were detained by the Border Patrol in the El Paso sector every day, after having traveled and crossed the border alone.

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“As of April 2020, CBP has seen an increase in encounters of unaccompanied children from Central America on the Southwest border. In fiscal year 2021 (which began in October 2020) through February, 29,792 unaccompanied children and unaccompanied minors have been found along the southwestern border; 2,942 of these children are under 12 years of age and 26,850 are between 13 and 17 years old, ”the United States Government reported on March 10.

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