Venezuelans and The Darién Gap – The Latest On Venezuelan Migrants

Venezuelans and The Darién Gap – The Latest On Venezuelan migrants BELatina latine

There’s been a record number of migrants making their way to the U.S. in the last months. In fact, over 150,000 migrants were reported crossing through the Darién Gap this year – most of them Venezuelan asylum seekers.

However, on October 12, President Joe Biden announced he would turn back Venezuelan migrants who cross the border. Under Title 42, the administration will deny the opportunity to ask for asylum should they unlawfully cross through land or water. It’s important to note that this is the same title Biden criticized Trump for as he campaigned. The migrants are being sent back to Mexico.

Those who are seeking asylum are now being asked to apply for the program outside of the country, come in by airplane, and have a financial U.S. sponsor. These are the only Venezuelan migrants with a chance to be admitted into the States. There’s a total of 24,000 slots open.

The change of heart

There’s speculation that this is being enforced due to the social media content that’s been circulating; detailing the horrific conditions of those taking on the aforementioned Darién Gap.  It’s described as “one of the most dangerous journeys on the planet for experienced survivalists.”

There are a lot of emotions regarding this considering the Darién Gap has been active for decades. Some have taken to Twitter to express their emotions. 

Why are Venezuelans risking their lives? 

For many, it’s not only the most affordable way, but also the only way to escape their country’s dictatorship and poor living conditions. BBC explains that: “The South American country has been caught in a downward spiral for years with growing political discontent further fuelled by skyrocketing hyperinflation, power cuts, and shortages of food and medicine.”

The Darién Gap has been in use for many decades by other people; Haitians, Colombians, and Panamanians, among others.

However, it should be noted that no human should ever have to go through these extremes to better their life. Our thoughts are with these souls that have to risk it all in order for a promising future.