It took almost a month for Fabricio Hoyos to make the dangerous and precarious trek from Venezuela to the United States. But when they recently arrived at a migrant processing center, they had another long journey ahead: the asylum-seeking process.
CBS News national correspondent Manuel Bozoquez talks to HoyosThe processing center, located in El Paso, Texas, sees about 1,500 migrants every day. About half of those seen at the center are from Venezuela.
They are part of what US Customs and Border Protection have called a “new wave” of migration. There were 157,921 people had to face at nationwide borders last month, according to the agency — a 2.2% increase from a month earlier.
“The failed communist regimes in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba are driving a new wave of migration to the Western Hemisphere, including a recent increase in encounters along the southwest US border,” CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said in a statement this week. Statement,
He added that “those fleeing oppressive regimes face significant challenges to processing and removal.”
At the center in El Paso, migrants are screened and identified and classified, according to US Customs and Border Protection spokesman Landon Hutchence. They — along with those arriving from Nicaragua and Cuba — are processed under Title 8 officials, Hutchence said. This usually allows them to be released and request asylum, a process that usually takes years to complete.
But not everyone is allowed inside. So far this year, more than 1.3 million migrants have been deported or expelled, according to Customs and Border Protection. This is a higher number than those still in the United States.
Still, critics say the Biden administration’s policies encourage migrant crossings.