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Number of migrants decreasing as cold temperatures hit the Borderland

JUAREZ, Chihuahua (KVIA) -- Since late 2022, the border has seen a large number of migrants coming from Venezuela.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, officials arrested Venezuelans around 54,833 times in September after they were caught entering the U.S. illegally.

For the first time on record, more Venezuelans are crossing the border than Mexicans.

ABC-7 spoke with the Juarez Director of Human Rights, Santiago González, who said this season is well known for seeing a decrease in migrant numbers.

Currently, city shelters in Juarez and the newest temporary shelter are operating at half-capacity.

Migrants usually stay at those facilities for around a week before trying to cross to the U.S. or waiting for their appointments with U.S. authorities.

Director Gonzalez said the last time we had a big caravan of migrants was back in 2018 when migrants from Central America made their way to Mexico's northern border.

Last week, Mexico's president Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed around 5,000 migrants continue to arrive at Mexico's Southern border daily, and around 8,000 make their way to the Northern border strip daily as well.

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Heriberto Perez Lara reports for ABC-7 on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.


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