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Costa Rica, Honduras and Mexico have started BUSING migrants north to move them on, sparking fears Biden's record-breaking border crisis will get even worse

  

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Via:  1stwarrior  •  7 months ago  •  12 comments

Costa Rica, Honduras and Mexico have started BUSING migrants north to move them on, sparking fears Biden's record-breaking border crisis will get even worse

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Central American countries have started busing migrants north, sparking fears that   Joe Biden 's record-breaking  border crisis  is deepening. 

In just one week last month,  more than 14,000 travelers  were bused from Panama to Costa Rica - part of a new plan between the nations to funnel arrivals north.

The Costa Rican government has declared a national emergency due to   the number of asylum seekers  passing through the Central American nation - which has risen sharply.

Thousands of migrants  have been emboldened by the bus programs adopted by Costa Rica and now places further  north like Mexico  and Honduras, who are also feeling the crisis. 

The Biden administration is holding talks with the Latin American countries to stop the flow as a record 2.47million migrants were stopped at US the border in fiscal year 2023 - up from nearly 2.4million the year before. Many of the migrants are heading to the Democrat-run 'sanctuary cities' of New York, Chicago and Philadelphia. 

In comments to   The New York Times   Wednesday - as the number of crossings from Panama sits at just over 400,000 - the head of a nonprofit assisting migrants at a bus terminal in Costa Rica touted how the two countries were treating the situation.

'The United States wants to contain the people,' Dr. Marta Blanco, the executive director of the Cadena Foundation, told the newspaper.

'This is to keep sending people, to just keep the flow going.'

But Biden administration officials who spoke to the paper off-the-record told a different story.

They claimed they have brought up concerns about the new bus plan behind closed doors with the governments of both Costa Rica and Panama - after a record 82,000 entered Panama from South America in September, all heading to the US.

Publicly, though, the political figures commended both countries - praising their politicians for collaborating through their own security and immigration concerns to pen the so-called 'humanitarian' plan.

On Wednesday - a little more than two months after Biden doled out $12million to Costa Rica to bolster immigration - the officials secretly said the new plan only incentivizes migrants to make the perilous journey, while also hampering the US.

The policies from Costa Rica and now Mexico and Honduras could only make the US front of the crisis worse, the unnamed officials told The Times. 

Their counterparts in Central America, however, insisted otherwise - with several telling The Times the new policies only grant migrants are already set on making the journey a safer trip, hence its 'humanitarian' distinction.

'This migration flow couldn’t be stopped, it can't be prohibited, but it can be administered,' said Jose Pablo Vindas, a Costa Rican migration police coordinator at Costa Rica's massive bus terminal, which is actually a repurposed pencil factory.

'It’s not a question of allowing, motivating or deterring this travel,' the officer added. 

'It’s about giving safe conditions for the people who are doing it: because otherwise they would be exposed to trafficking or to hazardous conditions.'

As for the inherent danger of the route - a 66 roadless miles of dense, mountainous jungle and swamp filled with armed guerillas and drug traffickers in Panama - he's not far off.  

The crossing was once so treacherous that few dared to attempt it, but today, many migrants flood its dense jungles.

This year alone, crossings of the Darien Gap shot up to an estimated 500,000 - up from around 400,000 the year before and 200,000 in 2021. The Gap connects Central America to the South at the border between Panama and Colombia.

The staggering rise in migration comes after just 3,000 Venezuelans were recorded as having crossed the Darien between 2010 and 2021.

Now the route acts as an unsanctioned migratory highway, similar to the train systems seen in Mexico.

In response, Panama - which along with Columbia has taken on the brunt of the mostly Venezuelan exodus - launched a campaign dubbed 'Darien is a jungle, not a highway,' while Colombia called on the international community for monetary aid. 

Panama and Costa Rica, meanwhile, initially responded by tightening migratory restrictions, before employing the current busing system they say makes the journey less dangerous.

However, the program is not free - with each migrant having to pay the Costa Rican immigration office $150 for passage into more northern Nicaragua - and is not without peril.

Back in February, at least 39 people died when a bus ferrying 60 migrants through Panama fell from a cliff, and just last month, 18 more died in a bus crash in Mexico.

Also in October, a similar crash in Honduras - which has also employed direct bus routes to Guatemala as a more safe alternative for migrants - left four dead and a dozen injured.

Moreover, migrants also have to fork over money when crossing through Panama.

Officials that spoke to the Times said that each person must pay $60 before being bused to Costa Rica’s main Temporary Migrant Attention Center (CATEM).   

They then must pay another $30 to board a shuttle that will take them to the Nicaraguan border, with those fees going to bus companies licensed by the coalition of governments. 

Meanwhile, in Mexico - for many the last stage of the Central American journey before being bussed to so-called sanctuary cities across the US - the transit programs are more freeform.

Long an ally of the US, the country's government has established various centers in Oaxaca where buses transport migrants north, but it has also flown migrants south, away from the US border.

Last month, Mexico made it easier for migrants to make it US border by charging them for bus tickets from the south of the country to the north.

Under the new program, migrants can purchase bus tickets that fetch as much as $85 for the long-distance journey from the southern state of Oaxaca to the capital,   Mexico  City.

As the crisis continues to worsen with each day, Mexico also recently announced a new agreement with the US to deport migrants from its border cities to their home countries.

The deal will also take actions to deter migrants from traveling by rails, as part of a new effort to combat the recent surge in border crossings. 

Despite violence from drug cartels and the dangers that come with riding atop the train cars, such freight trains still remain popular.

That said, the closures temporarily cut off one of the most transited migratory routes in the country at a time of surging migration.

It also further underscores the historic numbers of people heading north in search of a new life in the US, and the dilemma it poses for nations in Central and South America - as they also struggle to cope with the amounts of migrants traversing their territories.

Stateside, matters are even worse, after more than three years of thousands of illegal entries a day - leaving states like Texas, and more recently New York, at a loss. 

The Biden Administration, even after its rescinding of Title 42, has failed to address the crisis, and is actually turning a lower percentage of border-crossing migrants back into Mexico than his predecessor, statistics show.

According to federal data an average of 1,000 people have been sent back across the border each month since Title 42 ended, compared with nearly 3,000 the month before.

In August, the U.S. Border Patrol made 181,509 arrests at the Mexican border, up 37 percent from July but little changed from August 2022 and well below the high of more than 220,000 in December, according to figures released Friday.

It reversed a plunge in the numbers after new asylum restrictions were introduced in May. That comes after years of steadily rising migration levels produced by economic crisis and political and social turmoil in many of the countries people are fleeing.

Once, just dozens of migrants from Central American countries would pass through Irapuato by train each day, said Marta Ponce, a 73-year-old from who has spent more than a decade providing aid to those who travel the tracks running through her town.

Now, that number regularly reaches the thousands.

Worsening matters migrants are arriving from all over, including African nations, Russia, Ukraine, and even China and India. 

The Biden administration, meanwhile, has pushed Mexico and Central American nations to control migratory flows and now requires asylum seekers to register through an app known as CBP One - despite its failure to address crises occurring in New York and  Texas   on American soil.

Last month, it announced it would grant temporary protected status to nearly a half million more Venezuelans already in the country.

In September, border patrol sources told ABC News that nearly nine thousand migrants were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border that day alone - the highest rate since May. 

Texas Governor   Greg Abbott  has repeatedly eviscerated Biden for allowing the unfolding disaster. The only migrant shelter in the city, Mission Border Hope, has now been overrun with migrants. 

Many fled from Venezuela and arrived in the US via  Mexico . Eagle Pass Mayor Rolando Salinas recently declared a state of emergency, warning that the town's hospitals are also becoming overwhelmed. 

Late last month, the Biden administration announced it would grant temporary protected status to nearly a half million more Venezuelans already in the country.

Activists like Ponce say to expect other methods of crossing - such as migration along the country's train lines - to grow.

As migrants climbed onto the train early Saturday morning, they cheered as the train picked up speed and continued them on their winding route north - a destination they reached in roughly a day.

When they touch down, a new struggle awaits - as politicians like Eric Adams mull policies that could put an end to complementary stays in hotels and shelters for the thousands of visitors, and instead thrust them out on the streets within two months of arrival.

This comes as countless arrivals have found themselves with nowhere to sleep and nowhere to work, spurring protests, homelessness, and unrest from weary locals.

Border patrol sources told ABC News that nearly nine thousand migrants were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border that day alone - the highest rate since May. 


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1stwarrior
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1  seeder  1stwarrior    7 months ago

It also further underscores the historic numbers of people heading north in search of a new life in the US, and the dilemma it poses for nations in Central and South America - as they also struggle to cope with the amounts of migrants traversing their territories.

Stateside, matters are even worse, after more than three years of thousands of illegal entries a day - leaving states like Texas, and more recently New York, at a loss. 

The Biden Administration, even after its rescinding of Title 42, has failed to address the crisis, and is actually turning a lower percentage of border-crossing migrants back into Mexico than his predecessor, statistics show.

According to federal data an average of 1,000 people have been sent back across the border each month since Title 42 ended, compared with nearly 3,000 the month before.

In August, the U.S. Border Patrol made 181,509 arrests at the Mexican border, up 37 percent from July but little changed from August 2022 and well below the high of more than 220,000 in December, according to figures released Friday.

Thank you Joe and buddies.  The U.S. is RAPIDLY becoming a 3rd world country because all the other 3rd world countries are moving here.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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1.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  1stwarrior @1    7 months ago

Bingo. And the recent protests pro Palestine/pro Israel prove that multiculturalism isn't the best idea in the world in every instance.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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1.1.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.1    7 months ago
multiculturalism isn't the best idea in the world in every instance

It's an insane idea when combined with the racialist identity politics the left preaches. 

 
 
 
1stwarrior
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1.1.2  seeder  1stwarrior  replied to  Sean Treacy @1.1.1    7 months ago

But never follows.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.2  Vic Eldred  replied to  1stwarrior @1    7 months ago

Yesterday Mayorkas said he needs supplemental funding:

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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2  Sean Treacy    7 months ago

Really incredible.  Importing millions of dependents into a country that's already spending almost two trillion a year a year more than it takes in.

High interest rates and stagnant wages forever!

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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3  Ozzwald    7 months ago
Costa Rica, Honduras And Mexico Have Started BUSING Migrants North To Move Them On

Looking at the big clock on the wall and seeing that it is almost 2024, and election year.  Which means only one thing...it's time for a... CARAVAN

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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3.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  Ozzwald @3    7 months ago

yep, time to make sure they can get in while the borders is still wide open. 

 
 
 
MrFrost
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3.2  MrFrost  replied to  Ozzwald @3    7 months ago

Looking at the big clock on the wall and seeing that it is almost 2024, and election year.  Which means only one thing...it's time for a... CARAVAN

Bingo...then the day after the election the caravans magically disappear like a fart in the wind....every...single...time. 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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3.2.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  MrFrost @3.2    7 months ago

Are you that detached from reality? Even the Biden admin admits (in Friday night news dumps) that  record breaking amounts of illegal aliens are crossing the border.

Amazing to see reality denial so strong on the moonbat left that they deny what even the Biden admin admits and sources like the AP report.  There are literal videos to watch proving it, unless you believe in some other giant conspiracy about fake videos on the news. 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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3.2.2  Sean Treacy  replied to  Sean Treacy @3.2.1    7 months ago

h e day after the election the caravans magically disappear like a fart in the wind....every...single...time

Look away people who believe the moon landing was faked and 9/11 was an inside job. Here's the AP reporting today (THE DAY AFTER AN ELECTION!)  on a migrant caravan blocking a highway in southern mexico. This will blow your mind.

"But Caravans aren't real" they yell as their tinfoil hats fall off in shock.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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3.3  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Ozzwald @3    7 months ago

Reminiscent of upcoming evidence against Hunter Biden and breaking subpoenas and new charges for Trump.

 
 

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