The State Department reported on Monday that, last year, more than 76,000 Venezuelans were “vetted and approved” to travel to the United States, and encouraged all interested parties to schedule their appointments through the application of CBP One. while repeating that, if you cross the border illegally, “there will be consequences.”
“Since October 2022, more than 76,000 Venezuelans have been screened and approved for travel, and since January of this year, more than 66,000 Venezuelans have successfully scheduled appointments at CBP One,” said Kristina Rosales, Spanish spokesperson for the portfolio. Affairs, through a recording broadcast on the social network X.
The spokesperson emphasized the importance of following the legal way to enter the country and categorically emphasized that the government of President Joe Biden, in addition to expansion of access roads“continue to enforce immigration laws.”
Last week, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reported that in the past seven months, they have accelerated the deportation of more than 380,000 irregular migrantswho failed to show a “legal basis” to remain in the country.
In this sense, Rosales recalled that on October 5, the US government announced that “the return of Venezuelans begins to their country of origin.
“The US continues to rapidly deport people who try to enter illegally and have no legal basis to stay,” Rosales said. “If they try to enter the United States illegally, there will be consequences.”
Last week, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials said in a call with reporters that the US has facilitated four direct charter flights to Caracas so far, with approximately 135 migrants returns every time.
The governments of Caracas and Washington said so more deportation flights are expected a week as part of an exemption from travel restrictions from the United States Department of Transportation.
In addition, officials say that so far 13,000 immigrants from Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Haiti have returned to Mexico since January of this year when the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador agreed to accept them. man.
Data from the Customs and Border Protection Office (CBP) shows that in fiscal year 2023, immigration authorities will have more than 2.4 million encounters with migrants at the southwest border of the United States. The highest number ever recorded.