United States.- A van carrying 15 Guatemalan migrants overturned early this Friday on a highway in Culberson County, the state of Texas, United States, leaving at least four dead.
Culberson County Sheriff Oscar Carrillo reported that the migrants are men between the ages of 20 and 30. In addition, it indicated that the driver of the SUV-type truck fled, according to Univision.
Carrillo also explained that the incident was generated because the truck was traveling at excess speed. The injured migrants were taken to the University Medical Center in El Paso, Texas; among which there are five in critical condition.
According to the Border Report, the accident occurred at 5:30 a.m. in southwest Texas, 25 miles north of Van Horn, on State Highway 54. Customs and Border Protection is collaborating in the investigation of the happened.
Just last August, 10 people died in a traffic accident that occurred in Encino, Texas, on the border with Mexico. The event also left at least 20 injured.
The United States insists on ending the “Stay in Mexico” program
The United States wants to end as soon as possible the immigration policy known as “Stay in Mexico”, which forces asylum seekers to wait in that country for the resolution of their cases, said the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas.
The Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, established in 2019 by then-President Donald Trump, allowed the United States to send some 70,000 asylum seekers to Mexico to await their appointment in US courts there.
The Joe Biden government already ended this policy in June, which has affected Central American citizens above all. But in August, a federal court in Texas ordered the restart of the “Stay in Mexico” program, considering that the administration had improperly terminated it.
“I have decided that the MPP should be terminated,” Mayorkas wrote in a memorandum sent to Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). .
That decision will be applied “as soon as possible,” after justice studies the appeal filed by the government against the order of the Texas court, he added.
Program reduced migratory flows with a high cost in human rights
According to the Secretary of Homeland Security, the MPP “probably contributed” to reducing migration flows, but it “did so by imposing substantial and unjustified human costs on people who were exposed to harm while waiting in Mexico.”
The document indicates that several asylum seekers suffered “extreme violence” at the hands of transnational criminal organizations during their wait in Mexico.
More than 1.6 million migrants have been detained at the southern US border since Biden’s arrival at the White House in January, a level not seen in 20 years.
WITH INFORMATION FROM EL HERALDO