Hundreds of Venezuelans were deported to Juarez with orders to leave Mexico

Venezuelan migrants watch as other migrants cross the Rio Grande to the United States.  14th, 2022.
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JUÁREZ — María de los Ángeles Croce awoke to another day of appalling insecurity after she slept facing the US border fence outside a migrant assistance agency office after US border patrol deported her and nearly 500 other Venezuelan migrants.

Dozens of Venezuelans asked unanswered questions on Saturday morning. Where would they sleep, eat? What would you do next? After the deportation, Mexican authorities asked the 25-year-old and others to sign a document telling them they would leave the country “on their own” within 15 days, she said. But how? And where could she go?

What she experienced on the six-week overland journey from South America could fill the darkest chapters of a García Marquez novel. On returning to Mexico, she collapsed unconscious at the base of the international bridge, unable to breathe, overwhelmed, she said, at the failure of her efforts.

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