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More than 1,000 Venezuelans Have Been Deported in the Last 4 Years

Más de 1.000 venezolanos han sido deportados en los últimos 4 años, EFE

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In the last 4 years more than 1,000 Venezuelans have been deported from the United States, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The information, which was made public on Instagram by Spanish journalist Judith Torrea, indicates that the deportations of Venezuelans who entered the United States illegally are carried out through the Dominican Republic.  

“These deportations from the United States to Venezuela are not the first ones. They have been going on for 4 years and more than 1,000 Venezuelans have already been deported through transit countries”, said the journalist, who covers migration issues from the border city of Ciudad Juarez, in Mexico.

Migrants travel on commercial flights to Newark airport in New Jersey or to Miami, Florida. From there they fly with United or Delta Airlines to the Dominican Republic and then to Caracas with Láser or Turpial airlines.

The last group of migrants expelled from the US landed in Venezuela last Thursday, November 17, according to sources consulted by the journalist.

“Many of these people were civil servants in Venezuela and they are a bit afraid because of the political situation they are living in. Others had a clear case for political asylum,” he said.

Torrea warned that many Venezuelan migrants still cross the U.S. border illegally believing that they cannot be deported, however, Title 42 remains in force.

This has caused entire families to be expelled to other points of entry. They are taken in guarded buses to Tapachula, Tabasco, Querétaro, Mexico City, or other areas of Mexico that are far from the border.