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Venezuelans on the streets of Managua on their way to the United States


Venezuelan expatriates in Managua stop on their travels to the Americas, sleeping in tents or next to trees, or even on bus terminal benches afp_tickers

This content 21 October 2022 – 17:20 . was published on

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Groups of men and women migrating from Venezuela must “guerrilla” (fight) as they pass through the Nicaraguan capital to continue their journey to the United States despite new immigration measures if they are expelled irregularly. enter from.

The “El Mayorio” bus terminal in Managua is notorious for the presence of South Americans at traffic lights and streets, where they act as street vendors, clean car windows or ask for help to continue traveling north. Huh.

They sleep in tents or on benches next to trees, or in terminals. Nicaraguans show solidarity with their difficulties.

“It has touched us all, fighting, being hungry, feeling cold, sleeping in the streets, begging because we have no money,” Carol Velasco, 29, originally from the state of Zulia, told AFP.

The United States’ new immigration policy to expel irregularly entering Venezuelans took many migrants by surprise, as they crossed the Panama jungle of El Darien under extremely dangerous conditions.

Despite this, Velasco is determined to get there. “The return option is complicated; what money do we refund; I have a passport but it’s expired so I can’t fly, so what do we do? We have to keep going,” he insisted.

Alberto Jiménez, 28, of La Guerra (Vargas State), assures he “does whatever it takes to get ahead: pick up trash, sell lollipops, clean car windows at traffic lights.” He confessed, “I have had to ask for (money).”

With him is 25-year-old Fidel Burgos. His traveling companion eloquently states: “Only God can stop me, but the President (Joe Biden of the United States) is not going to stop me.”

“I have to get there (the United States border) and try to figure out how to get in, but coming back is very difficult,” said Burgos, also from the state of Zulia. It was three years before leaving his home country for Colombia and from there to the United States.

For Venezuelans, the new immigration policy is “unfair” and they are in a race against time to reach the border, and they hope to have flexibility or expansion for those who were already en route and allow them to enter. was allowed to do.

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