Texas — Immigration officers stopped Daniel Bermudez's family's freight train via Mexico as they left Venezuela for refuge in the U.S.
His wife explained that her family was allowed to visit the U.S. They flew her to Mexico's southern border as part of a spike in enforcement that U.S. officials believe has reduced illegal border crossings. In addition to pushing migrants from trains, Mexico begun flying and busing them to the south and flying some home to Venezuela.
The White House welcomes the temporary drop in illegal crossings. President Joe Biden's administration is negotiating asylum restrictions with Senate negotiators, threatening $110 billion in funding for Ukraine and Israel.
Bermudez stated his wife left her family when she spoke to authorities as he grabbed his stepchild and possessions. His wife told him not to flee since they had made an appointment with U.S. immigration authorities.
"I advised her not to trust them. Let's get into the brush," Bermudez added, adding that other migrants fled. “Why are they sending us back if we have an appointment?” she said.
Bermudez, his stepchild, and two other relatives waited for her in a shelter in Piedras Negras, Mexico, last week while she boarded a bus back to make the date.
Witness at the Border, a flight data advocacy group, reported 22 flights from Mexico's border area to southern cities in the last 10 days of December. Most came from Piedras Negras, across from Eagle Pass, Texas.
Mexico removed 329 migrants to Venezuela on two planes. On Dec. 28, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Mexico City to address increased US-Mexico border crossings. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the immigration agency's funding shortage that has halted deportations and other activities was overcome. He withheld details.