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Riots recorded by Venezuelans at the Mexican border

The Mexican border region has been experiencing growing immigration from Venezuela and other countries in the region, representing more than 55,000 undocumented immigrants.

Courtesy | A security operation went to the place to “protect” the people

Approximately 200 Venezuelan migrants stranded in Mexico staged a riot Wednesday at the National Institute of Immigration (INM) station in Tijuana, Mexico.

A group of 40 people entered areas near the INM on Wednesday morning to incite migrants gathered there to protest against their deportation as part of a new immigration drive. Launched last week for Venezuelan citizens.

A public safety measure was deployed at the site to “protect the integrity of workers and migrants”.

José Fernando Sánchez, Secretary of Defense and Civil Protection of the Municipality of Tijuana, confirmed this to the media after receiving a call for assistance for the presence of the security force.

After chaos at the immigration station, officials moved a group of Venezuelans to the INM station in Mexicali, the capital of Baja California, to maintain greater control.

Red Cross workers were also present to help some of those affected by the event, as well as workers from the Baja California State Human Rights Commission (Cedhbc) to record what happened.

Relatives of people working at the immigration station also visited the place and told the media that they contacted them through video calls from inside as they did not know what would happen at that time.

Municipal authorities did not specifically record any injuries or damages due to these events, while the federal immigration authority did not establish any official status in this regard.

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The facts reflect the surge of immigrants from Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, which represented more than 55,000 undocumented immigrants at the U.S. border with Mexico in August, a 175% year-over-year increase.

The region is experiencing record migration flows to the United States, with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) intercepting more than 2.15 million people so far in fiscal year 2022.

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